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Lopetegui: Mariano knows what the Real Madrid shirt and stadium represent

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is delighted with their swoop for Lyon striker Mariano Diaz.

Real re-signed Mariano following a year away in France after Lopetegui requested a No9 addition.

The coach reflected: "I spoke to him before his arrival. We are delighted with his return because he had a good season.

"He also knows the house and the requirements of Real Madrid, he knows what this shirt and this stadium represent. He will help us a lot. I called him to tell him what I thought of him from a football point of view.

"The season is long, there is room for everyone."

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