Diaz has no Lyon regrets


Mariano Diaz cliams he is "very happy at Lyon" and has no regrets about joining the French Ligue 1 side from Real Madrid last summer.

The 24-year-old Dominican Republic international striker left the Spanish giants in an 8 million euros deal in the transfer window and has impressed in France with 16 goals scored so far this term.

Diaz’s form had resulted in speculation of a possible return to the Bernabeu at some point in the future, but the player has spoken out to insist that he has no plans on leaving Lyon.

“I’m very happy at Lyon and I feel I have improved a lot in France,” he told Diario AS. “Obviously I have scored goals but there is more to my game, but the most important thing is to help the team and continue our strong form.

“I don’t regret leaving Madrid, it was a decision I took after talking to Zinedine Zidane and the president, while Lyon gave me the opportunity to play regularly and score goals.

“Zidane informed me that Lyon would be a good opportunity with [Alexandre] Lacazette leaving and they are a great club in a good league, his advice was helpful.

“What I needed was first-team football and more confidence, to demonstrate my ability and potential to play at the top level.”