Real Madrid transfer news: Youngster Borja Mayoral set to join Wolfsburg
Real Madrid confirmed on Wednesday that rising Spain striker Borja Mayoral is set to leave the club to sign for Wolfsburg on loan. The forward, who was in Montreal, training with Real Madrid as a part of their pre-season tour will make the switch to Germany in order to gain first team experience in a big club.
Wolfsburg’s sporting director, Klaus Allofs had said last week that they were on the brink of signing the highly rated 19-year-old.
Speaking to RealMadrid TV, the departing striker said: “I'm going to be gaining experience and will be looking to perform as well as I can to come back here. I've played for the best club in the world, something that very few players get the chance to do. I'm grateful to my teammates, coaches, physios and everyone who has offered me their support day in, day out".
Borja joined the Spanish giant’s youth academy back in 2007 and has played for Spain’s Under-21 team. Mayoral scored 15 goals in 29 matches for Real Madrid Castilla last season and will look to impress in his time in the Bundesliga.
"I've had nine unforgettable seasons at Real Madrid. Right now I'm feeling a lot of emotions, but if I had to sum them all up, I'd give heartfelt thanks for everything that the club has offered me and how it's helped me over the years. I'm going to try to perform to my best to come back here,” he said.
He also made six appearances for Real Madrid last season but was unlikely to feature in Zinedine Zidane’s plans in the upcoming season.
Talking about last season, the Spanish Under-21 international said: "It was incredible. I spent pre-season last year in Australia and this year has been full of success stories for me. I'm eternally grateful to Real Madrid and to all of my teammates and coaches. It's been a tremendous year".
Young Mayoral will look to follow the footsteps of Dani Carvajal, another Real Madrid youth product, who had a very successful year in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2012-2013 after which Real Madrid enforced the buy-back option and re-signed the defender the very next season.
On his chance to play for a club like Wolfsburg, Mayoral said: "Wolfsburg are a big name in German football and in the Bundesliga. I'm very happy and excited about the new chapter which lies ahead.”