Real Madrid winger Brahim Díaz is against the idea of leaving the Santiago Bernabéu on loan this winter and backed up his argument by shining in Wednesday's Copa del Rey win over Unionistas.
In what was only his fifth appearance of the season, Díaz finished with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over the third-tier side. Given his lack of action, Real are eager to send him out on loan, but a move is yet to materialise.
As noted by AS, Díaz wants to prove to manager Zinedine Zidane that he deserves a place in the team. The 20-year-old has seen just 77 minutes of action in all competitions, which is why Real want to offload him, but Díaz seemingly wants to stay.
The former Manchester City starlet still had to settle for a substitute appearance against Unionistas, but he certainly changed the game and inspired Real to victory.
Several teams, including Getafe, have enquired about taking him on loan, but Díaz has rebuffed them all as he wants to fight for his place at the Bernabéu.
Unfortunately, things aren't looking too good for the 20-year-old, as Zidane confessed (via Marca) that Díaz's impressive showing against Unionistas does not change his situation at the club.
"I am happy with what he has done, with his goals. We are all here to do it well, nothing more," Zidane said.
"These matches do not change anything, everyone knows their situation. If there are changes we will see it on January 31. I am happy with everybody."
It certainly seems as though Zidane is not convinced by Díaz just yet. There are plenty of senior wingers in Real's first team, and Díaz looks well below them all in Zidane's estimations this season.
With Eden Hazard closing in on a return to action, you get the feeling that Díaz's best chance of game time may have passed him by, but whether he will accept a loan departure remains to be seen.