Marcelo has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez he will leave with a free transfer this summer after Leeds United and Everton show interest in the Brazil international, as reported by El Nacional.
You have the feeling that Zinedine Zidane the director would not have got on well with Zinedine Zidane on player.
But while the former Los Blancos coach tended to prioritize experience over exuberance, trusting stable 7/10 players while often leaving more gifted footballers on the sidelines, his successor Carlo Ancelotti, wasted no time pressing the reset button.
Vinicius Jr, who just added a much-needed ruthless streak to his mind-blowing speed and skill, is quickly becoming the poster boy for Ancelotti’s second spell in the Spanish capital. Rodrygo Goes, Fede Valverde and Marcos Asensio, meanwhile, were given the kind of opportunities rarely seen under Zidane.
One thing the Old Grandmaster and his Conqueror Apprentice seem to agree on, however, is that Marcelo’s days at the highest level are over.
Now 33 and Real Madrid lacking the defensive resilience to cover his swashbuckling tendencies, the four-time Champions League winner has only had one minute of La Liga football this season, behind Ferland Mendy, Miguel Gutierrez and David Alaba in Ancelotti’s pecking. order.
Could Real Madrid legend Marcelo manage the pace at Leeds or Everton?
In June, The Mirror reported that Leeds United and Everton were ready to gift Marcelo, whose cunning, crafting and match-changing abilities remain intact even as he nears 34.e anniversary, the opportunity to taste the delights of the Premier League for the first time.
It was then, however, and although Marcelo made it clear to President Perez that he would end 15 years at the Santiago Bernabeu when his contract expires this summer, a return to Brazil with Flamengo seems the most likely destination. .
Marcelo Bielsa – or the equally disciplined Rafa Benitez for that matter – would he be willing to find a place in their plans for a man who has spent his career as a freedom fighter on the loose, an anthesis of all that Bielsa and Benitez represent?
It seems doubtful.
Again, this is not often a man of Marcelo’s experience, the quality and influence become available …
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