Brahim Diaz has said that he is not putting much thought behind his future with Real Madrid, adding that he is currently enjoying his life on loan at AC Milan and is only focused on the games to come.
Diaz, 23, joined Real Madrid in January 2019 for a fee reported to be around €17 million. Signing a six-and-a-half-year contract, the attacking midfielder moved to Milan on a two-year loan deal in 2021 after having already completed the 2020/21 season on loan with the Serie A giants.
The Spaniard has so far played ten games across all competitions for Milan, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
One of those two strikes came against Juventus over the weekend which led to his team beating the Turin-based club 2-0 as they continue to chase table-toppers Napoli in the league.
Diaz has been excellent for Milan this season, but it is still difficult to see him getting regular minutes once he returns to Madrid at the end of the season.
Hence, in an interview on SER’s ‘Carrusel Canalla‘ (h/t AS), the 23-year-old explained his current state of mind with regard to his future at Real Madrid.
“Now I’m focused on Milan. What happens later, will happen later,” explained the former Manchester City midfielder.
“The future will be seen, we don’t know what can happen tomorrow, I’m at Milan and I want to perform and give 100%. The fans love me a lot. I’m at a great club and I’m focused on the next game and focused on Milan,” he explained.
While his goal against Juventus was only his second strike of the season, what appeared to have caught everyone’s attention was his celebration. The 23-year-old enjoyed his goal with a Lionel Messi-esque celebration as he pulled off his shirt and held it towards the crowd.
Talking about it, he said, “We had to win and that’s how it was done. Did I celebrate like Messi? No, no, I celebrated it like that out of emotion. It was not planned.”
Lastly, Diaz was asked about which team he would support when Inter Milan take on Barcelona at Spotify Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. He dodged the question by simply saying, ‘may the best win’.
“I had this one ready for me. They are great teams with great players. May the best win,” he concluded.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.