Marcelo has revealed that he’s a Real Madrid man and never contemplated leaving them to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
Pretty much from the very first moment Ronaldo sealed his €112m transfer to Juventus last summer, reports have linked Marcelo with a move to the Serie A champions.
Fueling the rumours was the 31-year-old’s struggles to hold on to his spot in the Real team. Former manager Santiago Solari, especially, tended to favour the young Sergio Reguilon as his main left-back instead.
But Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu in March brought about a change in fortunes for Marcelo. He instantly regained his spot in the line-up and started in nine of the club’s last 11 La Liga games.
And it appears Marcelo will remain Zidane’s first-choice considering that Sergio Reguilon has joined Sevilla on loan. Although the club’s new €48m signing Ferland Mendy is waiting in the wings.
Nonetheless, Marcelo has no plans on swapping the Spanish giants for Juventus.
“In my head, there never was this idea (to wear the shirt of Juventus). I always felt connected to Real Madrid and madridismo,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I was often approached by Italian clubs, but they were only rumours. The truth is that I love Real, it is my home and the best club in the world.
“When you sign with Real Madrid you know you can win everything, but certainly what has made this club in Europe in these years is a difficult record to match or overcome.
“Winning everything we won was the result of the greatness of Real as an effort, and the humility with which we played every game has always made the difference.
“Someone may think that we are convinced that we are stronger, but the secret is the opposite: if we have won so much it is because we always have watched from below and not underestimated opponents, instead respecting them.”