Brahim Diaz was buzzing when, on January 7, he was unveiled as a Real Madrid player.
“This is the happiest day of my life, I couldn’t have a better gift for Three Kings Day [6 January in Spain],” the 19-year-old told reporters, per The Guardian.
“I had three options after deciding to leave Manchester City. One, play at Real Madrid, two, play at Real Madrid and three, play at Real Madrid. It was impossible to go anywhere else.”
Diaz, who found opportunities hard to come by at Man City, didn’t have long to wait to make his debut. He came off the bench in Real’s 3-0 win over Leganes in the Copa del Rey on January 9.
Two more appearances quickly followed - against Real Betis in the league and in the return fixture against Leganes - but since then, nothing.
The midfielder was left on the bench against Sevilla, didn’t play against Girona in the cup, and was then out of the squad that defeated Espanyol 4-2 last Sunday.
Diaz has also been left out for the second leg against Girona, meaning he has missed four matches and played just 24 minutes since signing.
Real's attitude has changed
It hasn’t worked out as Diaz or Real had planned. Per Marca, the Spanish club signed the teenager with the intention of him becoming a first team player.
But attitudes have changed and the same outlet is reporting that a loan deal in the summer is ‘highly likely’. They clearly don't feel as if he's ready yet.
Los Blancos have enough depth in midfield and Vinicius Jr., Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio are all healthy, meaning there’s no space for Diaz even on the bench.
"It appears as though his senior career with Los Blancos has stalled," Marca write.
The Spaniard, who reportedly cost Real Madrid £15.5 million, isn’t disappointed with his current situation. Marca add that he remains positive after getting the chance to leave Man City.
But this season is being put to one side and attentions have turned towards the summer, where Diaz is expected to leave on loan.News Now - Sport News