Mariano Diaz has thanked Real Madrid for helping him ‘grow as a footballer and as a person’ after joining French giants Olympique Lyonnais.
The Spanish-Dominican striker penned a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club on Friday and wrote an emotional post to his followers after leaving the Bernabeu.
“I am no longer a Real Madrid footballer, the club I arrived at six years ago and the one that helped me to grow as a footballer and above all else, as a person,” wrote Mariano in an open letter to fans on his social media account.
“I arrived feeling like a kid and I leave as a man. It’s not easy leaving the place that has been home for the last number of years but now I will take on new challenges and objectives at Olympique Lyon, a historic club.
“I would like to thank all of the players, coaches, members of the technical staff, medics and workers at the club that I have met along the way and to all of the people who have done everything possible to get me where I am.
“Moreover, to Real Madrid for all the years filled with success and victory. Thanks you so much for everything.”