Julen Lopetegui says he didn't hear the word "tricked" when Borja Mayoral was explaining why he left Real Madrid at his presentation as a Levante player on Thursday afternoon. Mayoral said he spoke to Lopetegui and that he had every intention of staying at the club but Mariano arrived and Mayoral was told to find another club.
"I didn't hear that," he said when asked if he heard about "I heard he understood that he was going to stay but the option to buy Mariano appeared and the situation was different but I didn't hear him saying he felt tricked."
Mayoral did say that if Mariano hadn't arrived, he would still be a Real Madrid player. There was a race to sign the striker after it became apparent that he was available and Mayoral had to decide between Sevilla, Alaves and Levante.