Marcelo: I’d like to retire at Real Madrid, but it’s not up to me


With Marcelo’s Real Madrid contract expiring on June 30 this year, the Brazilian defender is expected to make his final days as a Los Blancos player.

But having spent a lot of time playing with the club, the 33-year-old has a dream of hanging his boots at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

“I’m calm,” Marcelo said when asked about his future on the popular Spanish television program ‘El Hormiguero’. “This is my club, I have the vision to play until my son grows up so that I can play with him, and I want to continue at a high level.

“Now we have important games. I am the captain of the best team in the world. I have calmed down and I feel safe.

“I don’t think it’s too far. Everything comes to an end. I’d like to retire here, but it’s not up to me to decide.”

Marcelo is a key figure in the club, although his importance on the field has dimmed over the past few seasons. However, his position as one of the captains is unlikely to be a factor in his signing the new contract.

“There are no rights,” Marcelo said. “It makes me proud to be one of the captains, but there are three. “It’s a huge responsibility.”

The Brazilian has been with the club since 2007 and still remembers the day he signed for Real Madrid.

“I came with my agent, first to get to know Valdebebas,” Marcelo recalls. “My stuff was in Fluminense. I told my girlfriend, I left, I saw [David] Beckham.

“Then they sent me to the Bernabeu to the store to buy a cut-out suit … I had never worn it in my life.

“Then when I got the contract was there and I didn’t think twice before signing. Fabio Capello asked if I wanted to stay until Christmas, but I was a little scared to go back to Brazil.”

Source: Marca

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