Since Lopetegui arrived at Real Madrid and replaced Zinedine Zidane, a lot has changed as Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus in one of the most shocking transfers of all time.
When Real Madrid announced Julen Lopetegui would replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s new head coach, everyone knew the former Spain gaffer had got a tough task. When Real Madrid announced Cristiano Ronaldo had asked to materialize his move to Juventus, it made Lopetegui’s job even tougher.
However, despite roaming in the transfer marker to sign apt replacements for the irreplaceable Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid not only could not sign Cristiano Ronaldo but also ended up splashing the cash to sign former player Mariano who has inherited Ronaldo’s No.7 jersey.
His inclusion into the squad forced Real Madrid to loan out Spanish player Borja Mayoral to another La Liga outfit Levante. The player himself has reportedly confirmed that he would have stayed at Real Madrid had the Los Blancos not signed Mariano. “It all happened very quickly, and I believe I would still be at Real Madrid had Mariano not been signed,” Mayoral is cited as saying by Marca.
The player also revealed that Real Madrid coach Lopetegui had told him he had wanted him to stay at the club. He said, “Julen Lopetegui told me he wanted me to stay at the club a fortnight before that but I understand how the transfer window lasts so long and a lot can change,”
Borja Mayoral also said he had opportunities to join Sevilla and Alaves but decided to join Levante as he was seemingly impressed by their playing style. He said, “There were opportunities to join Sevilla and Alaves but I opted to go to Levante because of the manner in which they play and how they started the campaign. They had shown interest in me throughout the summer and whilst there were no opportunities at Madrid, this was my best option.”
Had Real Madrid decided not to loan out Mayoral to Levante, he would have been forced to spend the season warming the bench. At Levante, he has got an opportunity to learn and improve and get himself ready for future challenges.