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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.