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Mariano: Zidane rules out loan departure

The striker had been linked with a temporary move this term, but Real Madrid's coach said: "He’ll stay with us and fight to get playing time."

Zidane ha confirmado que Mariano se quedará en el Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that striker Mariano Díaz will remain at the Santiago Bernabéu club this season as part of the first-team squad.

Zidane rules out loan switch 

The 23-year-old, who scored 27 times for Madrid's 'B' team during the 2015/16 campaign, had been strongly linked with a loan move, with LaLiga new boys Leganés heading the queue for his services.

But after impressing for the seniors in pre-season - and with fellow centre-forward Karim Benzema currently struggling with injuryZidane said on Saturday that Mariano is going nowhere, and has been included in Los Blancos' weekend trip to San Sebastián for their league opener against Real Sociedad.

Mariano scored a stunning goal against Chelsea in pre-season.

"He'll stay with us"

"He’ll travel to San Sebastian," revealed Zidane in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with La Real. "He’ll stay with us and fight to get playing time."

Given the presence of Benzema and Álvaro Morata in the Champions League holders' striking department, Zidane added that the Dominican Republic cap is aware of the stiff competition he faces.

"He's young and he knows who he has ahead of him," Zidane explained.

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