Dermot CorriganMadrid correspondent
Real Madrid left-back Marcelo says all the club have to do is”pay me up” and he will depart this summer if they want him to.
Marcelo, 30, has won 20 prizes including four Champions Leagues more than a decade in the Bernabeu, but continues to be on the bench for the team of final five La Liga games with coach Santi Solari preferring youth team grad Sergio Reguilon at left-back.
The Brazil worldwide has been regularly linked with a move to join Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus and told Brazilian socket Esporte Interativo that he would reluctantly accept a departure if that’s exactly what the Bernabeu hierarchy wanted.
“If I’m on the list of players [Madrid] want to market, then they can pay up me and all is sorted,” Marcelo said. “I trust in myselfin my job, but if a day comes when Real Madrid do not need me, I’ll go. I will be sad, but I will go\. But I am sure I won’t be pumped out.”
Ronaldo has allegedly been predicting his former teammate in recent weeks to persuade him to come to Juventus, but Marcelo talked down the prospect when asked about the possibility of a move to Turin.
“I have seen mock-ups [of me] using the Juventus jersey, and they are a spectacular team,” he explained. “But I am at Real Madrid, I have a contract here.”
During Madrid’s run to the Copa del Rey semifinals opposition coaches have targeted Marcelo and Solari pointedly refused to comment when asked about another below par performance in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
The defender admitted that his kind had suffered after a run of injuries, but added that he needs to play frequently to return to high fitness and confidence.
“The level I have been demonstrating is hard to always keep,” he said. “I am somewhat below that level right now, but my career was like that, a few little dips, and sadly this year I had three accidents in two months. I moved through a difficult stage in my football\ and within the bar.
“But that phase is finished now, I need to perform to get back to my normal form and confidence. But I feel great now great, I’m training. I want to play to get my confidence back, but I am great.”
Solari is expected to keep faith with Reguilon for Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg in Ajax, with commended the 22-year-old to everybody in the club’s youth program after another exceptional showing in Saturday’s 3-1 La Liga win in Atletico Madrid.