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Marcelo: Leaving Real Madrid was never an option

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Marcelo has put an end to the rumours linking him with a Real Madrid exit by insisting it never entered his thoughts

The Brazilian full-back had been strongly linked with a move to Juventus to join former team-mate and good friend Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.

But Marcelo has now announced that leaving Real was something he had never considered.

“It’s never entered my mind to leave and look for another option,” Marcelo told Club del Deportista.

“I have always done everything possible to stay at Real Madrid and I’ve never thought about playing time.

“If I had 15 minutes in every game, I’d give everything in those 15 minutes to play more and win more.”

The 30-year-old had a difficult upbringing in his native Brazil and nearly quit playing football at Fluminense before being convinced by his grandfather to continue.

Then in January 2007, Marcelo secured a transfer to Real – something which he admits he found hard to believe at first.

“The move all happened very quickly. At first, I thought it was a joke,” Marcelo said.

“I always saw Madrid as a huge club. Then all of a sudden I was part of a team with players I had only seen on television or in video games.

“It was pretty amazing.”

Marcelo has since managed 36 goals and 85 assists in 465 appearances for Real across all competitions.

The Brazilian has won four Champions League and La Liga titles along with three Supercopa de España and many other trophies.