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Lyon striker Mariano Diaz: Leaving Real Madrid was right decision

Olympique Lyon striker Mariano Diaz admits his move from Real Madrid has exceeded expectations.

Mariano has scored 14 goals in his first season in France.

He told AS: "I decided to leave Madrid after talking with Zidane and the president. The coach told me that with [Alexandre] Lacazette leaving, it would be a good place for me to show what I can do and score goals.

"We all decided that the best thing for me was to gain minutes and confidence; the chance to show what I can do. I came to Lyon to play and demonstrate to everyone that I could do it, and that's how it's turning out."

He added: "It's all more complicated when you're not playing. But it's also the case that when you're at a club as big as Madrid, you learn from the best every day. I've got that now."

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