£20m forward stuck in limbo after blocking Newcastle move, he won’t play


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£70,000-a-week misfit Mariano Diaz is stuck in limbo at La Liga Real Madrid after a purported move to Newcastle United came to nothing, as reported by AS

The piece begins with a photo showing Mariano relaxing on a plush, L-shaped sofa, gazing lovely into the eyes of his gigantic bulldog. Let’s just hope that sofa is as comfortable as it looks. 

Because the forgotten man of the Bernabau will be spending much of this season stuck in his spacious, picturesque Madridian mansion.  

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After turning down a whole host of offers during the summer transfer window, Real’s £20 million, £70,000-a-week striker appears to have consigned himself to another season in stasis.  

What next for Mariano Diaz at Real Madrid?

It is three years now since Mariano returned for a second spell with Los Blancos following a prolific, albeit short-lived spell at Lyon. In that time, the striker has started just eight La Liga games.  

And while the Dominican international may be praised for his desire to prove those critics wrong and force his way into the first-team picture – the departure of Zinedine Zidane and the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti did appear to hand him a fresh start – what some would label ‘determination’, others would call ‘delusion’. 

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Mariano has been left out of the squad for all three of Real Madrid’s games so far in 2021/22.

And the fact that the 13-time European champions spent much of the last month desperately trying to get a high-earning, seldom-seen player out the door hardly suggests that he is going to have a big role to play under Ancelotti. 

According to Jeunes Footeaux, Mariano had been offered to Newcastle United at the start of August.

And while Callum Wilson firmly established as Steve Bruce’s number nine – quite literally these days, thanks to a pre-season shirt swap – the La Fabrica  graduate surely would have found first-team opportunities easier to come by at St James’ Park.

Mariano turned 28 in August.  

He should be in the prime of his career. Instead, it looks like another season will pass him by.

Maybe, when he is hanging up his boots and reflecting on a career wasted on the sidelines, he will regret his decision to fight for a place that just doesn’t exist at Real Madrid. 

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