Mariano Diaz "ready" to make Real Madrid debut after revealing honour in following Cristiano Ronaldo

David Cooper 14/09/2018
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Marco Asensio wants it, Mariano Diaz has it, and the latter has little intention of giving it up anytime soon.

Indeed, Mariano has spoken of his “honour” in wearing Real Madrid’s treasured number seven shirt.

Los Blancos re-signed the 25-year-old striker last month after impressing for Lyon last season following his Bernabeu exit in 2017.

And after rejoining the club, he quickly pounced on the vacant number seven shirt vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo after his departure to Juventus in the summer.

The Spanish striker, who also revealed Sevilla chase his signature in the transfer window, spoke of his delight in taking on the shirt after Asensio hinted he wanted the jersey.

“It is an honour for me to wear this shirt number at this club,” Mariano told Cadena Cope. “I work every day to make my debut as soon as possible and now I feel fit and that I am in good condition, I am ready.

“My move was all very fast as you know. The name of Real Madrid makes me very excited because this is what I wanted. Sevilla were in talks with me but they know my team is Madrid, the club I love, and they understand this.”

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12:00 – Asensio makes Ronaldo shirt number jibe

Marco Asensio has hinted that he is unhappy he wasn’t offered Cristiano Ronaldo’s No7 jersey this summer.

The number was free after the Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in July.

But striker Mariano Diaz was given the historic jersey after he re-signed from Lyon last month.

Now, the 22-year-old, who has five years remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu, has hinted his unhappiness with the decision.

Read what the Spaniard had to say here.

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Real Madrid star Marco Asensio makes Cristiano Ronaldo shirt number jibe

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Marco Asensio has hinted that he is unhappy he wasn’t offered Cristiano Ronaldo’s No7 jersey this summer.

The number was free after the Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in July.

But striker Mariano Diaz was given the historic jersey after he re-signed from Lyon last month.

Now, the 22-year-old, who has five years remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu, has hinted his unhappiness with the decision.

“I wouldn’t want to finish my career with the number 20 shirt, I say everything with that,” said Asension, who wears the No20 jersey at present.

“If I wanted to change it? Yes, we will see what happens.

“With Cristiano or without him I have the same aim of having a first-team place and being important.

“So far so good, I have started the season well and I am working well.”

Asensio has scored 21 goals in 95 appearances for the Spanish giants since making his debut in 2016.

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