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Out-of-favour Real Madrid striker close to leaving club – report

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It was in 2017 that Mariano Diaz first left his boyhood club Real Madrid for Olympique Lyonnais. At the time, the French club paid €8 million for the Dominican Republic international’s signature.

When Los Blancos exercised the clause to bring him back in 2018 for a fee of €22 million, it was expected to be the start of something special. After all, Real Madrid do not often buy back players, let alone for a higher price.

Now, four years later, Mariano’s spell at the Spanish club seems to be coming to a close. MARCA report that the striker is at the exit door and set to leave in the coming days.

Though Ancelotti is looking for a striker to back up Karim Benzema, it is clear that the 29-year-old is not the man for the job. Despite Luka Jovic’s departure, the manager has Mariano far down his pecking order.

The forward has played less than 22 full games in his four-year spell at Real Madrid and scored just seven goals in that duration. In the recent La Liga season, he had just one goal and one assist to show.

The player has proposals from various leagues across the world but wishes to push on with the Spanish Champions for at least one more season. Moreover, his relatively high wages make it difficult to find the player a new home.

Mariano is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent next summer. It is clear that Real Madrid do not intend to extend his contract and the onus is now on the club to recover some funds from his departure.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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