Marcelo is keen to continue playing football, and his preferred destination is Real Madrid. The Brazilian’s contract expires on June 30, and there has been speculation about his future throughout the season. Everything points to his departure from Real Madrid, pending the outcome of the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris.
Despite the fact that he is approaching his 34th birthday, the Real Madrid defender believes he has the strength and talent to continue with the team he joined at the age of 18 in 2007, and where he has gone on to become the player with the most trophies with Los Blancos.
Marcelo has appeared in 17 games so far this season, with his participation in extra time against Chelsea being particularly notable. It was a game in which he was hurt quickly after coming on but continued playing despite a muscular injury due to his team’s requirements.
Real Madrid’s board of directors wants to see how the season ends before making any final decisions. While Luka Modric has been informed of the club’s plan to extend his contract, which expires on June 30, 2022, Marcelo has not. Isco and Gareth Bale are the other two players whose contracts will expire in less than two months, and both have already decided to leave.
Marcelo has attracted a lot of attention, but he is keen to stay at Real Madrid, even if it means remaining a small player. Even if he stayed, his game time would be limited due to the presence of Ferland Mendy at left-back and the preference for Nacho when the Frenchman is unavailable.
Marcelo would have to settle for a minor role because David Alaba can fill in when needed. Marcelo is one of the best full-backs of his generation, having embodied the modern-day full-back philosophy for the past decade and a half. The 33-year-old joined Real Madrid almost 15 years ago and has played a key role in their success.
The experienced Brazilian defender has made 542 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 38 goals and assisting on 102 occasions. Marcelo was anticipated to leave Real Madrid as a free agent in the summer transfer window after falling down the pecking order for left-backs at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it appears he may stay a bit longer.