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Real Madrid Sign Striker Mariano Diaz

Real Madrid have re-signed forward Mariano Diaz from French side Lyon on a five-year contract for a fee in the region of €33 million.

Based on the agreement made when the young striker moved from the Spanish capital to the French city, Madrid will deduct 35% from that fee. This will result in Madrid paying somewhere between €21.4 million and €23.4 million.

The Spain-born Dominican Republic international came through Real’s academy, making eight substitute appearances in La Liga and scored once before departing for Lyon in 2017.

The 25-year-old started 30 Ligue 1 games last season, netting 18 goals as his side finished third and secured Champions League qualification.

Mariano was strongly linked by Spanish media with a move to Sevilla before the transfer window closes at the end of this month, but European champions Real exercised their right to trigger the buy-back option in the deal when he left the club.

Interestingly, Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas said that at first Real Madrid did not want the striker:

“Mariano had already told me that he wanted to go to Madrid. I called Florentino Pérez who advised me that he did not fit the profile of the player he was looking for. But Mariano insisted that Madrid was where he wanted to go, and then the offer arrived.”

He represents the only major attacking arrival at the Bernabeu since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure last month.

As if that is not enough pressure for Mariano, he has also inherited the No.7 shirt famously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, Emilio Butragueno and Juanito.

There was a possibility that the number would not be worn this season, but Mariano opted to give himself the challenge and chose not to take 15, 16 or 23.