Cristiano Ronaldo may have been surrounded with a move away from Real Madrid amid his tax fraud allegation this transfer window, but his closest pal Marcelo has insisted that the Los Blancos have the Portuguese’s back and that the squad is just as united as it was before the summer break.
Despite the fact that Marcelo hadn’t talked with his partner about a potential move from Bernabeu, the Brazilian international had a message for him amid the pre-season tour, which Ronaldo isn’t yet a part of because of his Confederation Cup exploits.
“I haven’t spoken to Ronaldo about this subject, but he knows his teammates are with him to the death,” Marcelo said at the first press conference of the season when asked about the speculation linking the player with a transfer away from Los Blancos.
“When he arrives, we can then talk about him and see how he is.”
One transfer which has come to fruition has been that of Theo Hernandez and the Brazilian addressed the new competition he’ll have for the left-back spot.
“Ever since I arrived I have had to fight and do everything to be able to play, even if there wasn’t another left-back,” he said.
“Theo is very young and he’s going to help Real Madrid a lot.
“He has my total confidence and that of the coaches.”
Looking forward to the new season, Marcelo insisted he is just as motivated as he always has been, even coming off the back of the 2016/17 double.
“I approach every season with the same excitement,” he stated.
“It’s true that I’ve been here many years, but in each season I give my all and I want to teach the young players of my experience at this club.
“My motivation is always the same and I’ll fight to the death with my team.
“We were able to win two titles [last season], but we know we can improve.
“It’s difficult to better what we’ve done, but we’ve learned things and will try to win all titles possible.
“The key is hard work and we need to continue with this, with work, work, work.”