Mariano Diaz, the Lyon forward, has indicated that he may wish to return to Real Madrid one day but for now he is solely focused on his record-breaking run with Lyon.
Diaz joined the Ligue 1 side in an €8 million deal over the summer and so far has scored 13 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games, a record that beat his predecessors Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette.
While his transfer deal didn’t include a buy-back clause, the player recently told Marca that he would not rule out returning, “Why not? It does not depend on me, but it could be nice, some day, to return to Real Madrid. At the moment I am just thinking about Lyon and very happy here.”
Madrid has been struggling for goals this season and there is speculation that they will sign another forward this month.
When asked how he views himself in relation to potential targets such as Spur’s Harry Kane and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, Diaz said that former youth team players such as himself are seen differently, “There are many differences. I am a canterano, for example.”
Madrid’s current attackers, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale have scored 13 goals between them this season, the same as Diaz has manged alone.
However, Diaz said, “It is not that they are lacking goals, just that they have not been hitting the target recently. But in any moment they will start again, given the dynamite they have up front. Benzema has other parts to his game, he links up very well, and also scores goals. At the moment he is just not having any luck.”
Diaz’s excellent start in France has resulted in Spain coach Julen Lopetegui saying that he may receive a call up before the World Cup, something that the player has described as a “dream”.