The winter transfer market ended without many news for Real Madrid. The only movement was the Lucas Silva deal with Cruzeiro. The Brazilian will play on loan for the next year and a half in his former club. Most of the fans were also expecting that Mariano could leave Real Madrid, but the forward decided to stay with Los Blancos.
Actually, Mariano was the most wanted player in this transfer window in La Liga. Up to 10 teams asked for the Dominican striker, who rejected all the offers. The forward still thinks he could have a lot of option to play with Real Madrid until the end of the season and his idea is to fight for a spot in the line-up although it won’t be easy.
For this reason, Mariano has turned down up to 10 offers. Especially, the teams involved in the relegation battle in La Liga were very interested in getting Mariano on board. Sporting, Alavés, Betis or Leganés asked Real Madrid about Mariano’s situation. Leganés was also an option this summer, especially because it’s a town near Madrid so Mariano wouldn’t have relocate, but the bid was also rejected.
Some offers came also fro outside La Liga. Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt, where Jesús Vallejo is currently playing, Southampton, who finally signed Gabbiadini, or Liverpool showed some interest in Mariano.
A lot of people advised Mariano to move on loan into another club in order to have more opportunities until the end of the season. Currently, Mariano is the third striker in the squad, after Morata and Karim Benzema. The striker is enjoying very few minutes and he especially participated in Copa del Rey, but now Los Blancos are out of this competition. In La Liga he only appeared in 3 games, playing 35 minutes, whereas in the Champions League he played 5 minutes against Legia in Warsaw.