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Mariano: Leganés heading queue to take Real striker on loan

The 23-year-old, who netted for Los Merengues in Tuesday's Trofeo Bernabéu, is a target for a host of clubs in Spain and abroad.

Mariano: Leganés heading queue to take Real striker on loan
Pepe Andrés

Real Madrid youngster Mariano Díaz is in line for a loan move away from the Bernabéu, with newly-promoted Primera División side Leganés emerging as the frontrunners to secure the striker's services in recent days.

A raft of clubs are interested in a temporary deal for the Dominican international, who hit 27 goals last season for Castilla, Real's 'B' team, but Los Blancos are understood to favour the option of sending him to their near neighbours.

The Dominican was on target in Tuesday's Trofeo Bernabéu.

Real prefer Leganés

Firstly, Los Pepineros appear willing to satisfy Real's preference for a clause allowing them to recall the 23-year-old in January if they wish (Diego and Marcos Llorente's loans to Málaga and Alavés, respectively, also feature such a provision).

Secondly, Leganés' location on the outskirts of Madrid means the Champions League holders could keep a close eye on Mariano's progress, while the player could gain experience elsewhere without needing to up sticks from the capital.

Mariano (left) scored 25 times for Castilla last season.

Goal-scoring Bernabéu bow

Mariano made his first appearance at Real's home stadium in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Stade de Reims in the Trofeo Bernabéu, grabbing the hosts' final goal.