Brazil international Marcelo has spoken of the pride felt playing for Real Madrid and gave his thoughts on Los Blancos‘ season so far.
The 25-year-old has remained in Spain during the international break to recover from a left knee injury he sustained last week.
“I am just thinking about my treatment and recovery. I’m dying to get back to playing and helping the team. I have my mind set on recovering and getting back to giving the fans something to cheer.”
Marcelo had come close to quitting football in the past, but his seven-year spell with Real has seen him wear the captains’ armband on several occasions.
“When I arrived here it didn’t occur to me what I had achieved. You think about what you want to succeed at in your life, to win everything.
“Now, being one of Real Madrid’s captains is more than an honour, it is a tremendous responsibility and a lot of people and many children watch what we do and that is a great responsibility.”
Real had a good run of games prior to the international break and the Brazilian is confident the form will continue: “whenever we start a season we want to win everything that we are playing for and be very positive. Of course, we believe that this season will be a very good one”.
Marcelo is considered one of the world’s best left-backs at the moment and he believes he owes Real Madrid for getting him to this status.
“There are many memories, I came here when I was very young, at 18, and everyone welcomed me like one of the family. Real Madrid have been great towards me and my family.
“I have to thank everyone who has supported me from the beginning. Being here is a dream and I always remember the good things. I have managed to be with Real Madrid for seven years and, of course, I want to be here for a lot longer”.
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