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Padraig Whelan

Mariano resigned to Real Madrid exit against his wishes


Although he doesn’t want to leave the club, Mariano has come to terms with the realisation that he will exit Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.

That is according to AS, who report that the striker’s days at the Santiago Bernabéu are numbered.

The 26-year-old only returned last summer, being bought back from Lyon following the shock exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

But things haven’t worked out for him on his comeback and he does not feature in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the coming campaign, while also losing his No. 7 jersey to Eden Hazard.

The story in AS claims that while Mariano wants to stay, it is now ‘a certainty’ that he will ply his trade away from Los Blancos this year.

Although he did everything possible in recent months to win over Zidane, the coach has made it clear that it wasn’t enough.

Despite the former Lyon man accepting the idea of moving on, no clubs have yet made a financially viable offer.

Real want €20m for the player and haven’t received a bid close to that, while his €4m per season wages are also a potential stumbling block.

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In Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport have linked Milan with a move if they cannot sign Ángel Correa, while Roma are a possibility should they offload Patrik Schick.

There is also LaLiga interest from Espanyol, Real Betis and Valencia but no advanced negotiations have yet taken place.