Real Madrid left-back and veteran defender Marcelo has expressed his wish of leaving his boyhood club, according to a report from Catalan publication El Nacional. The 33-year old Brazilian wants to return to his country and join his former Fluminese as he enters the twilight of his career.
Marcelo’s current contract with Real Madrid is all set to run down till 2022 and neither the player nor the club wants to extend it beyond next summer, which will in all possibility end his stay in Europe after the young boy made the move across the continents at the tender age of 19 to sign for Los Blancos.
Marcelo has made only 1 appearance this season and continues to struggle with his fitness
The defender proved his worth at the club and took over the position vacated by another legendary left-back Roberto Carlos. Marcelo became one of the best left-backs in the world and wowed everyone with his attacking skills, which is one of the prerequisites for a fullback to succeed at a club of the calibre of Real Madrid.
Marcelo has won it all during his 15-year stay at the club and his trophy tally stands at 22, including 4 UEFA Champions League titles, with the last of them coming in 2017/18.
However, post that season, the left-back seemed to lose his mojo and fitness, which never really allowed him to return to the level he was used to being. Since then, he has struggled for game-time as Madrid significant amount of money for the signing of Ferland Mendy to take over the position.
In the past 4 seasons, Marcelo has made a handful of 55 appearances, with most of them coming from the bench. Although he was named the club captain this year, following Sergio Ramos’ move away from the club he has taken to the pitch only once this season, which came as a substitute against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
A move to Brazil looks in the best interest of all parties related and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will not stand in a way of making it happen next summer.