Borja Mayoral is a new Getafe player. The Azulón club and Real Madrid on Monday reached an agreement on the transfer of the 25-year-old Spanish striker, who has signed for the next five seasons with the side he was loaned to last year. Mayoral is giving up the discipline of the white club he has belonged to since 2007. However, the striker never found continuity, always in the shadow of Benzema, and has been linked to appearances in recent years. The last, at Getafe, resulted in six goals in the eighteen competitive games he has played since arriving in the winter market and was a key part of saving the team thanks to Quique Sánchez Flores.
Despite the fact that just a few months ago the forward felt confident enough to win a place at Real Madrid, as he told EL PAÍS, his non-participation in the pre-season with the white team and the Azulons’ strong interest in signing them pushed him to decide on a change of scenery. Ángel Torres himself, Getafe president, warned at the end of last season that they would try to bring him in: “We will undoubtedly try to keep him going. The boy is happy. The Roma won’t exercise the option, so we’ll try to keep them here.” No sooner said than done, Mayoral is already blue.
Despite barely being part of Real Madrid’s first team, with whom he has made 33 appearances and scored seven goals, Mayoral arrives at Getafe with an enviable record: a Champions League, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup and a Spain Super Cup. That pre-season had not been released on Real Madrid’s American tour, which buffed the fringes of his blue club signing. Madrid, which started the summer with four center forwards in the squad (Benzema, Jovic, Mayoral and Mariano), has already said goodbye to two: Jovic moved to AC Fiorentina on a free transfer and Mayoral is now packing his bags. Therefore, Mariano remains the only natural replacement in the event of a potential Benzema absence.
Mayoral, who announced his paternity last month, has traveled halfway around the world in search of his place. He initially went on loan to Wolfsburg, but was mostly unsuccessful there (21 games and only two goals). He then returned to Spain to play for Levante, a club where he had spent two seasons on loan at a good level (69 games and 14 goals) but was unable to accept his transfer. He joined Roma on a two-year deal in 2020 and after a satisfactory first season (45 games and 18 goals), Mourinho’s arrival last year relegated him to the bench and the player desperately sought an exit in the winter. Then Getafe appeared, who hadn’t won a single game all season and were bottom of the La Liga table. On his debut in Balaídos against Celta, he scored a brace that served to add the first three points and set the course for the long term.