Many clubs were fighting to get Mariano Díaz on board, but finally Olympique Lyonnais won the race. The French club announced the signing of the player, who was unveiled in France. In this way, the young striker joins one of the top clubs in Europe and he can play in the French League, a great tournament to show his skills.
Olympique Lyonnais pay €8M to Real Madrid, but Los Blancos included a buy-back clause in the contract, as they did with Álvaro Morata in the past. Mariano Díaz is one of the strikers with brilliant future in the continent and Real Madrid cannot let him go without the opportunity to tie him for the future. The striker signs a contract until 2022 and he will have the number 11 in his t-shirt.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) 30 de junio de 2017
“Mariano was one of our priorities. We are very happy because he’s here”, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas said in press conference. The former Real Madrid player was also very happy after the deal: “One of the reasons of coming here is that Lyon is one of the best clubs in France. I have the chance to show my value”. He set the goal: “The goal is overtake PSG and arrive very far in Europe”, Mariano said.
According to the Lyonnais bosses, Zinedine Zidane was very important in the deal: “Zidane helped us with the transfer. We expect this as a great success for him and for us”, the French bosses said in the unveiling”.
Many clubs were interested in getting Mariano on board but Real Madrid set a price of €8M. For this reasons, some La Liga clubs discard the operation and some other bigger clubs in Europe like Olympique Lyonnais showed more interest. He also had a lot of offers to leave the club in winter, but the player refused to go on loan to any club.
Mariano Díaz didn’t have many opportunities this season. The Dominican Republic striker played 13 games this season, scoring 5 goals. However, he’s shown great skills since he arrived to Madrid and he could be able to succeed in a competitive league like the French championship.