Real Madrid star Mariano Diaz is reportedly open to leaving the club and is awaiting suitable offers to secure a move away from the Bernabeu.
According to an exclusive report from Defensa Central, Mariano Diaz is willing to leave Real Madrid in the ongoing summer transfer window despite speculations suggesting otherwise.
The 29-year-old is currently in his second spell with Real Madrid, having returned to the club in 2018 after a successful one-year stint with French club Olympique Lyon. However, since returning, Mariano has had to settle for a peripheral role in the squad as he has found himself behind Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic in the pecking order at the club.
Since returning to Real Madrid four years ago, Mariano has made just 43 appearances in La Liga, of which only 11 have been starts. The 29-year-old Dominican striker played only 11 times across all competitions last season, indicating where he stands in the plans of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Despite the departures of Borja Mayoral and Luka Jovic, who have joined Getafe and Fiorentina, respectively, Real Madrid remain keen on getting rid of Mariano Diaz as well, as Ancelotti does not see him playing a role in his plans for the upcoming campaign.
Reports in Spain have been claiming that Mariano has been making it hard for Real Madrid to get rid of him as he does not wish to leave the club and stay on to see out his contract at the Bernabeu. However, as per the aforementioned report from Defensa Central, that is not the case, as the centre-forward is very much open to the idea of leaving the Spanish capital club.
However, it is claimed that Mariano has not received any suitable offers from suitors for him to leave as of yet. There had been speculations that Celta Vigo had tabled a proposal for the 29-year-old, but his agent was quick to shoot down those claims, stating that there have been no contacts from the La Liga club.
Mariano’s wages are said to be an issue for interested parties, leading to a hold-up in his departure. But, as per the report, Real Madrid are open to exploring possible situations wherein they can contribute a part of his salary to facilitate an exit. The striker, for his part, is not concerned about the wages but seeks a club where he can play regularly.
With just a year left on his current contract at Real Madrid, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Mariano.