Real Madrid have been very active in this summers transfer market, spending the most in La Liga in the process. With the likes of Alvaro Odriozola, Thibaut Courtois, Vinícius Júnior and Mariano Diaz returning to the club following his successful season at Lyon, space in the squad has filled up rather fast. With that, Borja Mayoral’s opportunities for game time were always going to be limited this season.
Even with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer, Spainish under 21 striker Mayoral still had the likes of Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema ahead of him in the pecking order. The return of Mariano Diaz and him taking the coveted number seven shirt has forced Mayoral to pastures new.
With a number of options apparently available to Mayoral, he has taken the decision to stay within Spain and La Liga. Levante had a tremendous finish to last season and have continued that impressive run under Paco Lopez at the start of the new season; their 3-0 win over Real Betis being the pick of their results. The area they struggled most last season was in front of goal however. Mayoral will now join Levante on a season long loan, where it is believed there is no purchase option.
This will be the second time Mayoral has gone out of Real Madrid on loan, having spent the 2016/17 season with German club Wolfsburg. He and Levante will be hoping for a more successful period this coming season however as the 21 year old managed only two goals in 21 appearances for the German side.
Owing to the idea that there is no purchase option inserted in the deal for Borja Mayoral, Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui clearly sees something in the striker. Having managed him at underage level, Lopetegui will be hoping the 21 year old can hit form and rediscover the goal scoring touch that made him a promising talent in the first place.