Borja Mayoral’s words as he was presented as a Roma player for the first time will give fans of Real Madrid something to think about over the next few days.

The Spanish striker revealed that Zinedine Zidane had asked him to stay at the club for the 2020/21 season.

The idea was to keep hold of Mayoral and to find a way out for Luka Jovic instead, with the Serbian not having had the best form nor luck since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.

“After doing pre-season [preparations] with Real Madrid, I was going to leave the club quickly, but Zidane wanted me to stay,” Mayoral told the press in his presentation. “I told him I had to leave to get more opportunities.

“I think the club listened to Zidane and that’s why they wanted to offload to Jovic. Everything was done very late, but in the end, I called [Zidane’s] office again and asked him if he could let me leave.”

Those comments were then put to the Serbian by El Chiringuito de Jugones. When asked if they were true, Jovic responded with a simple “maybe, you have to ask the club.”

Jovic arrived in the Spanish capital for 60 million euros in 2019 after an impressive season with Eintracht Frankfurt. He made 27 appearances in 2019/20, but he managed to score just two goals and provided two assists.

An exit was sought during the extended transfer window this past summer, but no way out could be found.

Now, just like Mariano Diaz, Jovic remains at Real Madrid where his minutes are expected to be limited this season, though he has already featured for the champions and even started alongside Karim Benzema in attack in back-to-back games against Real Betis and Real Valladolid before he was relegated to the bench for the 2-0 win away at Levante.


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