Borja Mayoral says see you later to Real Madrid - but not goodbye

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The return of one striker to Real Madrid has meant the departure of another, as Borja Mayoral penned a farewell after accepting a loan spell at Levante.

Mariano Diaz returned to the Bernabeu after one year away at Lyon as a deputy to Karim Benzema, and Julen Lopetegui has decreed that Mayoral is best off somewhere else – for now.

The 21-year-old did not get many minutes under Zinedine Zidane last season but was fairly productive when given the chance, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances with many of those coming off the bench.

Mayoral has been out on loan before – scoring just two goals in 2016/17 with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg – but he remains confident that he can become a star for Los Blancos in the future.

“Today I say goodbye to what will always be my home. It’s not a goodbye, but rather a ‘see you later’. Since I’ve returned, I have expressed myself with a ball at my feet, that is what I do best, but now I will use words,” wrote Mayoral on Twitter.

“I have many ideas in my head on how best to express the feelings I have for Real Madrid, but I want to say thank you: to the club workers, my teammates, socios, and fans. It’s here that I have formed as a person and as a professional and I have completed many of my dreams since I was a canterano. Now, it’s time to take another path.

To grow and learn, you need to play. And the best way of doing so, is for me to leave the club in search of the minutes I can’t have at Madrid. I wish all the luck in the world to this club! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Hala Madrid!”

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Mariano Diaz was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Friday.

Julen Lopetegui is happy with the state of his Real Madrid squad as Mariano Diaz is primed to make his second debut against Leganes.

Diaz is back at the Bernabeu just 12 months after joining Lyon, returning for €30 million and taking Cristiano Ronaldo‘s number seven shirt.

Lopetegui confirmed there would be no other arrivals on the European transfer deadline day.

He said at a press conference: “Mariano’s arrival will complete our squad.

“I don’t think there’ll be any last-minute deals and we’re satisfied and happy with the team we have.

“We’ll try and get the very best out of the players that are here and I believe the market could close earlier in future so that we could all focus a bit more on what we’re doing.”

Diaz made nine substitute appearances for Real before joining Ligue 1 side Lyon, for whom he scored 20 goals last season.

He will fancy his chances of getting his second spell in the Spanish capital off to a winning start against Leganes, who have taken one point from their opening two LaLiga games.

Lopetegui added: “They have just one point but could have six because they played well against Real Sociedad and Athletic.

“They’ve kicked off the season looking good. They’re sure to be tough opposition, well organised, with better players than last season and they’ll certainly make life difficult for us.

“We’re moving forward. We’ve been working together for a while now and that’s evident in our play.

“We have to keep progressing and improving in many aspects, both in attack and defence.

“But I think the team is doing all they can to work for each other, which is exactly the kind of atmosphere we want to encourage.”

Leganes, managed by former Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino, are unable to pick Madrid loanees Andriy Lunin and Oscar Rodriguez to play against their parent club, while Ezequiel Munoz is a doubt.

Pellegrino accepts it will be a different task facing Real Madrid this year.

He told a press conference: “It’s a Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo but it’s still Real Madrid.

“Football is a team sport where luckily there’s something more important than individuality, which is trying to play with 11 players connected.

“I see a Madrid a little differently today to the previous year in the sense that they occupy the field in a more rational, not so chaotic way.

“It is a tremendous team.”

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Hello Madridistas!

The Sport360 team is here bringing you up to date with the latest Real Madrid news on Friday, which is transfer deadline day in La Liga.

It was a busy Thursday night for the Spanish giants – and a successful one. Los Blancos scooped several big UEFA awards ahead of the Champions League draw in Monaco.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day via Twitter and Facebook.

5pm – Reaction to UEFA awards

4pm – Mariano unveiled at Bernabeu

Real’s new signing is being paraded today at the Bernabeu.

Read more, here.

3pm – Lopetegui in no mood to discuss Ronaldo

Real have made a bright start in La Liga under Lopetegui.

Real have made a bright start in La Liga under Lopetegui.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui refused to speak about Cristiano Ronaldo‘s absence from the UEFA Champions League gala awards in Monaco on Thursday night.

Read more, here.

1pm – Mariano trains with Madrid team-mates

The new signing has wasted little time getting in to the swing of things!

Real are revving up their preparations for Saturday’s home clash against Leganes…

12.10pm – Los Blancos didn’t try to sign Neymar

Neymar endured a disappointing World Cup.

That’s according to Ronaldo, the former Whites and Brazil great.

Read his thoughts on why Neymar to Real Madrid didn’t happen this summer.

11am – Cristiano made the right decision to leave Bernabeu

A new beginning: Cristiano Ronaldo.

A new beginning: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was right to end his nine-season stay in the Spanish capital and move to Juventus, according to a former Real striker.

10am – Real legends past and present celebrate UEFA success

9.30am – Modric scoops big UEFA prize

Congratulations, @lukamodric10! Europe’s best in 2017/18… 🙌🏆

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Luka Modric pipped former Whites team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to become the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award winner in Monaco.

There were also further individual gongs for the Croatian as well as goalkeeper Keylor Navas and club captain Sergio Ramos.

Read more, here.

9am – Roma among Real’s Champions League opponents

In case you missed it, defending champions Los Blancos were drawn in Group G of this season’s Champions League draw.

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