Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari is pleased to see that Marcelo’s commitment to the club hasn’t wavered amid his struggles for regular game time
In light of Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances at left-back for Real, Marcelo has found himself unexpectedly spending time on the bench and hasn’t started in the club’s last two La Liga games.
This has prompted speculation that Marcelo is now being forced to reconsider a move to Juventus this summer with the Serie A champions confident that he will help strengthen their squad.
The Brazilian’s former team-mate and close friend Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly obsessed over making the move happen and regularly speaks with Marcelo.
However, Solari chose to remain silent on Marcelo’s future and instead praised his attitude ahead of Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash with Girona.
“His love for the club and his commitment to the club and his joy at training are undoubted, and his behaviour is impeccable,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.
“All these things must be praised. It’s always a difficult task to pick the team.”
On whether he’s explained things to Marcelo over his lack of opportunities, Solari said: “What happens in private stays in private.
“But competition within the squad is an essential part of football. Everyone must feel they have an opportunity and can lose their place [if they don’t do well].”
While Los Blancos have enjoyed great success in recent times with a stunning four Champions League crowns in the past five years, things haven’t gone so well domestically.
In the last 10 years, Real have only won two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys – which is something Solari hopes to improve on.
Although the Argentinian is aware that Girona cannot be taken lightly.
He added: “Girona are having a very good season, they’re very dangerous on the counter-attack.
“We want to repeat what we showed against Sevilla [on Saturday], when we played a very complete game, and we must bring that to the team in the Copa.”