Real Madrid have no buy-back clause for Mariano, insists Aulas

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The 24-year-old has impressed since the €8 million move from the Spanish capital but the president says they have no obligation to sell him back

Real Madrid do not possess a buy-back option on Mariano Diaz, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has reiterated.

Lyon snapped up Mariano for a reported €8 million in August and the 24-year-old has made a flying start to life in Ligue 1, scoring nine goals in 12 appearances.

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The French club last month issued a release announcing no clause that could force the striker to return to the Santiago Bernabeu exists.

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Amid reports Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants to bring Mariano back for next season, Aulas has reinforced Lyon's stance.

In response to an article linking the Dominican Republic international with a return to Spain, he tweeted: "It is false there is no special buy-back clause for Real!"

Lyon entertain Montpellier when they return to action after the international break on November 19.

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