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the situation begins to change for Mariano Diaz

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It has been four seasons since Mariano Diaz returned to Madrid. After a particularly successful experience at OL during the 2017/2018 financial year, with 18 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games in particular, the Spanish-Dominican striker was repatriated by the Merengues the same summer as the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, the player trained at La Fabrica did not come to replace the Portuguese star, but everyone expected that he could have a more or less important role off the bench, or as a quality offensive joker. able to unblock situations. In Spain, his rating was particularly high and there is no doubt that he would have had his place as an indisputable starter in the vast majority of La Liga teams.

Only, neither Julen Lopetegui, nor Zinedine Zidane nor Carlo Ancelotti seemed convinced by his qualities. An efficient and formidable player on the physical point, Mariano has however always shown some shortcomings on the technical level or in the reading of the game. Is this what put off his three coaches? Hard to confirm, but it’s very likely. On the other hand, we can practically say that the striker comes out of four almost white seasons, where he will certainly have gleaned titles on the collective level, but has seen his career stagnate considerably despite a few brilliant strokes like this goal during the Clasico in March 2020. His coaches may have preferred to bet on options like Rodrygo in false 9 when Benzema was absent, Mariano never seemed to want to try an adventure far from the capital. A rather incomprehensible situation since a few years ago, many considered him a quality striker, capable for example of fighting for a place in the selection. Every summer, clubs have come for news, but tirelessly, the former OL player said no, no and again no…

Real Madrid, like at Club Med?

So far, his situation in Valdebebas has been quite comfortable. Contrary to what happened with players like Kurzawa and Draxler in Paris or Umtiti in Barcelona, ​​Mariano was never really taken in dislike by Madrid fans. The latter were already busy railing against Eden Hazard or Gareth Bale, and the player born in Catalonia has somewhat slipped through the cracks. A comfortable salary of almost 4 million euros net per year, which he will probably not have in any other club, and rather complacent leaders towards him. It should also be noted that in Madrid, the financial situation has never been so critical that it has to be cut down, and the people of Madrid have never been forced to get rid of it. An ideal context therefore, at least if we put aside the sporting plan which may not have been so essential for the player …

The deal, however, seems to have changed, at least on the club side. Once again, it was made clear to Mariano that he was not going to enter into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. Which obviously did not particularly push him to look for a club. As proof, he only played 20 minutes in the weekend’s friendly Clasico, when Benzema was absent and there were no other 9s available. Only, with the departure of Luka Jovic to Fiorentina and that of Borja Mayoral to Getafe very close to materializing, everything seemed to indicate that Mariano was still going to have a place – admittedly anecdotal – in the workforce of the Italian tactician. All the Spanish media are unanimous on this subject: the player wants to stay and has still failed many clubs.

Leaders say “stop”

But this time, Real Madrid will raise their voices. On Monday, several Iberian publications reported that Los Merengues could go so far as to terminate his contract, which expires in a year. A sign that now that other undesirables have packed up, Mariano is finally in the sights, and the management of the reigning European champion already seems to have abandoned the idea of ​​receiving a check, however small, for his striker . The desire also to finally have a reliable plan B in the absence of Karim Benzema, which has often been considered one of the few weak points of the team. And as you know, neither the management nor the staff of Ancelotti see Mariano in this costume.

An attacker should therefore arrive in Madrid in the coming weeks, while the former OL attacking reference will have to find a base. Only, now that the transfer window has progressed well and that the clubs once interested have turned to other avenues, he will not be in a strong position. We imagine that he will have to make significant financial sacrifices in particular to be able to adapt to the finances of the clubs concerned, such as Cadiz and Fenerbahçe to a lesser extent. One thing is certain, however, his qualities are still there, and Mariano would be a good move for any club looking for a striker capable of scoring around fifteen goals per season in the league…


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