MX23RW : Thursday, December 13 02:17:49

Zinedine Zidane: 'I am counting on Borja Mayoral'

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says that he is "counting on" 20-year-old forward Borja Mayoral this season.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he is "counting on" Borja Mayoral this season.

The 20-year-old made six first-team appearances for Los Blancos during the 2015-16 campaign, before spending last term on loan at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.

Mayoral only managed two goals in 21 appearances for Wolfsburg last season, but the Spain Under-21 international said earlier this month that he was desperate to prove his worth at the Bernabeu.

The striker has not been involved in the first team this season, although Zidane has insisted that the youngster has a role to play during the 2017-18 campaign.

"Mayoral's absence? I don't want another striker. Mayoral hasn't been called up because there's 25 of us and some have to be left out, but I'm counting on him," Zidane told reporters. "It's a year for him to learn and be ready for when he gets a chance to play. His chance will come."

Real Madrid will continue their La Liga season with a home game against Valencia on Saturday night.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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