The Marcelo to Juventus transfer rumour-mill can finally shut down, as the defender himself states he’s happy at Real Madrid.
Marcelo has talked down the rumours linking him with a move to Juventus next year. Various Spanish outlets claimed earlier this week that the Brazilian defender wants to move to Turin and play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently followed the route.
Real Madrid had a tough transfer window in the 2018/19 season, as they endured the departure of Zinedine Zidane, merely four days after lifting their third consecutive Champions League title. Ronaldo left the club a month later.
In an interview to Real Madrid TV, Marcelo insisted that his loyalties lie with the club.
“This is that shouldn’t be discussed. I’m very happy in Real Madrid, this is my home and I have so many years left in my contract. To me this is the world’s best club and I always want to play there. Ever since I came here I’ve always heard rumours and it’s tough for me to prove that I want to stay,” said the Brazilian defender.
Marcelo insisted that he wants his stay in Madrid to last long. “I want to stay here for many years, then other left-backs will appear, but I don’t think I’m that old!” said Marcelo.
The Brazilian joined Real Madrid in 2007, and has since won numerous individual and club honours. These majorly include four La Liga and four Champions League titles, as well as featuring in FIFA and UEFA Team of the Year.
Marcelo also talked about what it means to play for Real Madrid.
“You represent so many things. When you’re on vacation, people see you as the face of Real Madrid. Before you go to sleep you realize that you’ve won a very special trophy with the biggest club in the world…Everything I do is to bring joy to the Madridistas. When they say something to me it means a lot,” said Marcelo.
There were also speculations of a fall-out between the Brazilian and Julen Lopetegui, the new manager of Real Madrid. Marcelo has rubbished the claims, however.
“We’re doing a good job both offensively and defensively and coach is here to help us. You always have room for improvement but every match can be decisive,” said the Brazilian.