Levante forward expects Real return
Levante loanee Borja Mayoral says Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has informed him he has a long-term future at the club.
The 21-year-old was a regular in Zinedine Zidane’s squad last season, making 24 appearances in all competitions, and he appeared set to be involved once more under the Frenchman’s replacement after playing in the Uefa Super Cup.
It therefore came as a surprise when Levante announced they had signed the Spaniard on loan for the season with Mayoral set to make his debut this weekend against Espanyol.
Mayoral says he’s looking forward to being part of Levante’s 2018/19 season but says he was informed by Lopetegui that his long-term future remains at the Bernabeu.
‘It all happened very quickly, and I believe I would still be at Real Madrid had Mariano not been signed,’ Mayoral told reporters.
‘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.
‘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.’