Spanish striker Mariano Diaz has confirmed that manager Julen Lopetegui was crucial in persuading him to re-join Real Madrid before the summer transfer deadline. The 25-year-old re-signed for the European champions after a single season with Lyon where he contributed 21 goals across all competitions.

Speaking during his unveiling, Diaz acknowledged that Lopetegui had played a key role in luring him back to the Bernabeu and he is now hopeful of making an impact with the European champions, he said: “Julen called me and told me he would be happy if I came back. A great part of it was when he told me was counting on me.I want to give the maximum for the team and my teammates and hopefully we can win the maximum number of titles.”

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