Speaking at his official press conference for AS Roma on Wednesday, Spanish striker Borja Mayoral discussed leaving Real Madrid to join the Serie A side on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy.

Mayoral, 23, admitted that Madrid boss Zidane asked him to stay on at the club during pre-season training, however he underlined that his objective was to leave the club, in order to get more playing opportunities.

Zidane wanted me to stay and I told him I wanted to leave so I could have more chances of playing. I think the club listened to Zidane and therefore wanted to get rid of Luka Jovic. Everything happened really late, but I called him and asked if he could let me leave as I believed that way I could grow as a footballer.”