Mariano Díaz reveals he was told ‘not to choose number seven shirt’

Real Madrid news Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSG

Real Madrid news Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSG

"I'm happy to wear that number after so many legends like Amancio, Juanito, Butragueño, Raul..." Speaking on the choice of the shirt he chose at the Bernabeu, he said: 'Yes, it weighs a lot.

Los Blancos re-signed the striker at the end of last month, and he was handed the number seven shirt following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

However, Mariano, who returned this summer after a season with Lyon, believes that too much is being made of it, though he admitted he is excited at the prospect of following in the footsteps of so many great players. As a result, he was re-signed by Madrid at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

The constant talk of Neymar returning to Spain has become a frustration for Al-Khelaifi, and is something he has discussed with Madrid president Florentino Pérez in an attempt to put the rumours to rest.

He continued: "It was a number that was free and to me it is a number that I like".

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The big Swede netted his 500th in style, with a roundhouse kick helping him slot the ball past Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono. Toronto answered with two more goals to win 5-3. "I probably have more goals than the guys on the field have games together".

Madrid are looking to continue their dominance within European football and replace their former star and record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo. If he asked me for the 7?

"Does it put pressure on me?" And I said: 'I like the No. 7'.

He also confessed that Real manager Julen Lopetegui's call surprised him, "I didn't have his phone number, I didn't know who it was, I wasn't expecting a call at that moment".

"He told me he'd love if I would come back and I told him the same and he explained everything to me". I saw them play when I was young.

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