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No Mariano buy-back clause for Real Madrid

Olympique Lyonnais striker Mariano Diaz has confirmed that their is no buy-back clause for former club Real Madrid, despite reports of a return to the Spanish club.

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 12 times in 19 appearances.

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 Diario AS this week about those claims and confirmed that his former club had no buy-back clause.

“I signed a five-year contract and there’s no clause that exists,” he said.

“Lyon have all of my rights and I am very happy to be at this club and to be scoring lots of goals – this is what I needed.

“The opportunity to sign for Lyon was something I could not pass up and I realise this every single day, I believe I have chosen well and wish to keep going.”

The forward, who has appeared once for the Dominican Republic in a friendly, is eligible to play for the Spanish national side and some discussions have been made about his chances of making the World Cup squad next summer in Russia.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to bolster his attacking options in January ahead of a La Liga and Champions League defence and reports in Spanish daily Marca have claimed Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi is on the agenda; citing that he is first choice on Zidane’s wanted list.

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