Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly told Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas that his new signing, Mariano Diaz, was ‘not what he was looking for’.
According to spanish outlet AS, Aulas explained that Mariano Diaz had asked to leave with just days remaining of the transfer window after an offer from Sevilla arrived.
However, the player wanted a return to Madrid instead. Upon calling Los Blancos chief Perez and signalling Mariano’s intentions, the Real Madrid president replied that the Dominican Republic international did not fit the player profile that he was looking for.
Mariano Diaz insisted that it was his desire to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, however, and after Aulas told Perez of Mariano’s firm intentions, the offer came from the Spanish capital.
Aulas said: “Before, Mariano had already told me he wanted to go to Madrid, I called Florentino Perez and he told me that it was not the player profile he was looking for, but Mariano insisted that he wanted to go to Madrid and then the offer came.”
Aulas also revealed that Real Madrid paid a fee totalling €33m, but 35% was deducted as a result of Los Blancos buy-back clause after selling Mariano to France just last summer.
Due to the clause, Madrid only paid around €20m to bring their former player back to the Santiago Bernabeu to provide competition for Karim Benzema.