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Mariano discusses Real Madrid future

Olympique Lyonnais striker Mariano Diaz has discussed his future at Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old left the Bernabeu to join the Ligue 1 side in August in what was a reported deal worth €8million and he has enjoyed a fruitful start to life in France, scoring six times in eight league games.

Mariano’s form has led to speculation that Madrid may activate their buy-back clause; a claim that has come after Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all continue to struggle in front of goal.

The striker was speaking to Onda Cero earlier this week about those claims and said that he is unsure of his future.

“I signed for five years with Lyon but I don’t know if Madrid have any purchase option.

“I’m really pleased with how things have started, the French league is very physical and I’ve learned a lot in the last few matches.

“I had a few offers and Lyon made a strong bid for me. [Alexandre] Lacazette left a space in attack and Zidane recommended I come here. He advised me that it’d be a good option.”

The forward, who has appeared once for the Dominican Republic in a friendly, also mentioned his ambitions of playing for the Spanish national team.

“I would love to play for Spain one day,” he said. “It’s my objective and I’m working for it, but it’s a decision for Lopetegui.”

Meanwhile in Madrid, club officials are not making plans to sign a replacement for Dani Carvajal, who faces two months out through illness.

Plans to sign a new full-back have been rife in Spanish press over the last couple of days but it is now understood no move will be made to find a replacement for Spanish international Carvajal.

News filtered out of the Bernabeu last week that the Spanish international had been diagnosed with a viral infection that was affecting his heart, therefore seeing him ruled out of action – indefinitely.

Achraf Hakimi was handed his first team debut by Zinedine Zidane in the 2-0 win over Espanyol, whilst the club waited on further reports and diagnosis from doctors.

El Mundo have reported that the defender will miss two months of action, whilst Marca believe it is still unconfirmed.

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