Marcelo Dismisses Real Madrid Exit Talk, Wants to Stay at Club 'Until the End'

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2018

Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo (C) celebrates with the trophy  the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has dismissed speculation that he may be leaving the club, saying he wants to be at the Santiago Bernabeu "until the end." 

Tuttosport recently reported that Madrid were considering a deal with Juventus that would see Marcelo head to Turin in January, with his compatriot Alex Sandro moving to the Spanish capital in return (h/t Amitai Winehouse of MailOnline).

However, speaking to Real Madrid TV (h/t Sacha Pisani of Goal), the 30-year-old has made it clear he has no intention of moving anywhere:

"It's an element which is hardly worth discussing. I'm very happy at Real Madrid, it's my home and I've got many years left on my contract. I'm very happy here, it's the best club in the world, and I always want to play for the very best.

"It's good to talk about it because there are always rumours, and it's tough for me to have to continually show I want to be here and can play here. I always give it my best to be at the best club in the world.

"... I want to be at Madrid for many years. I'm very calm about it all, and I want to continue at Real Madrid. Lots of people hide behind social media to spread ridiculous rumours and cause problems where they don't exist. I'm as hungry as when I was 18 years old. I'll be here until the end."

Marcelo is a crucial figure in Madrid, and he's been integral in the side's four UEFA Champions League triumphs in the past five years.

As Winehouse replayed, Tuttosport noted that the Brazil international was keen to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo with the Italian champions because his relationship with new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is strained.

Ahead of Madrid's most recent Champions League success, in which Marcelo set up Gareth Bale's spectacular overhead kick in the 3-1 win over Liverpool in the final, Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC outlined how vital the Brazilian has been for his team down the years: 

Marcelo seems to develop as a footballer season after season. The 30-year-old's best work is done going forward, when he puts his energy, intelligence on the ball and tenacity to best use.

He enjoyed an excellent partnership with Ronaldo down that flank, regularly creating space for the Portuguese to be so potent in front of goal.

Losing Ronaldo obviously represents a blow for Los Blancos, but Marcelo is also an important piece of this Champions League-winning machine. Madridistas will be delighted that, after 11 years with the club, their star left-back wants to stick around for a while yet.

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