Every year, Real Madrid supporters have become accustomed to hearing about Mariano Diaz’s refusal to leave the club.
There are several things at play here. Mariano’s salary are not being paid by any team. He can’t compete with the best teams in the world. Teams that may benefit from his services — and for whom he could be a true star striker – just cannot afford to pay him. And he will not accept lower pay to make relocation easier.
Mariano has a strong personality. He’s a hard worker. We’ve seen it in the way he plays, both in terms of his effort rate during games and his desire to make tackles in practice. Mariano has always felt he could make it at Real, despite the fact that all reasoning said he would only get a few minutes.
But his self-assurance isn’t entirely erroneous. To be honest, he has supplanted Luka Jovic as the No. 2 attacker behind Karim Benzema this season, as Carlo Ancelotti could rely on Mariano to chase down opponents.
Mariano’s problem isn’t one of self-confidence. It is of excellent quality. He isn’t good enough for Real Madrid, not in terms of technique, mobility, finishing, or any of the other crucial attributes associated with the position.
Mariano’s frustration with Madridistas is understandable. Real might have accommodated a better player in his stead, such as the more efficient loanee Borja Mayoral if he had been offloaded.
Mariano’s position is the fault of Real Madrid.
Mariano, on the other hand, is simply doing what many people would do in his circumstances. Why should he move if no one is willing to pay him the deal Real granted him? He has every right to uphold his end of the bargain. Sure, leaving for the betterment of the team and a young player would be wonderful, but Mariano owes neither the club nor anyone anything. He truly believes he is the best candidate for the position, in his opinion.
The major issue is that Real Madrid made the decision to sign Mariano in a buy-back contract with Lyon for 30 million euros. Mariano’s contract was given to him by them. As a result, they will be the ones to answer for a substandard player earning a berth on the team.
Real Madrid has been more choosy in the transfer market as a result of Mariano’s troubles. They used to spend approximately 30 million euros on players like Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano. They were good players at good clubs, but nothing about them stood out. Nothing about them suggested they were investments with the potential to become world-class players.
Real has adopted a new strategy. They consider factors other than transfer costs. Rather than squandering 30 million euros on players who have little chance of becoming stars, they are concentrating on acquiring just the greatest young talent, such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in recent windows. They’re looking for athletes with the potential to be superstars who won’t get burned.
Then they add depth, veterans, and sure-fire free agents like David Alaba, who have demonstrated over years of performance that they can make good on huge salaries.
Real’s aim is not in spending on low-potential players who will be tough to move later if they do not work out. Real are being far more choosy and focused on a few unique talents they are sold on, rather than signing a large number of players and rolling the dice on available possibilities.