On paper, he is the captain, Ferland Mendy and David Alaba have the advantage on the field, which is why it is certain that Marcelo's time at Real is leaking like a grain of sand on the hourglass, and as things stand now, the experienced left-back will say goodbye to the club in which he became famous.
Neither Madrid offer him continued cooperation, nor does the Brazilian insist on staying, aware that his body is slowly losing the race with younger players. He has seven months left in his contract, and when it expires, he will give his hand to President Florentino Perez and move on.
Probably in the homeland. And many say in the club that recommended him to Real since the influential Argentine Ole assures that Marcelo's new destination will be the Maracana stadium and that he should return to Fluminense next summer.
Fluminense doesn't have the money to afford him now, because they would have to pay compensation, they can get him for free next year, and the player is in the mood to try again in the jersey of the club where it all started 15 years ago.
Ole reminds that Marcelo was called by Marcelo Bielsa to Leeds, it was said earlier that he could go to Juventus, however, the same source points out that the footballer is aware that the intensity of matches in Brazilian Serie A is far lower than in the Premier League, Italy or Spain.
to be able to contribute to the rise of the club that has been waiting for the championship title for almost a decade. Marcelo in Madrid earns about 8,500,000 euros annually, and as Real will get rid of Gareth Bale and his astronomical income (about 17,000,000 euros) in June, it is clear that space will be opened for bringing in new players because every Primera club has a limit to how much they can set aside for earnings.
The only thing that will remain is a huge space that needs to be filled in terms of playing, due to the departure of another veteran, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos. The change of generations in football is something natural and we have no doubt that Real Madrid will find an adequate replacement just as they found for Roberto Carlos.
Mendy currently looks like someone with a bright future, but some Real Madrid fans feel he is not an adequate replacement. Still, let's give him time.