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Real Madrid defender Marcelo refused to be drawn on reports he may be offered a new contract to extend his stay at Real beyond the summer.

The 34-year-old moved to Madrid in 2007 and has become the club’s most successful player ever, winning 24 trophies during his time in the Spanish capital.

However, he is out of contract at the end of the season and when asked whether he would prefer a fresh deal or a statue outside the Santiago Bernabeu, the Brazilian said:

Everyone knows my passion and love for the club of my life, Real Madrid. I started at Fluminense, they gave me everything, and Real Madrid has given me everything.

I won’t say here now, people can speculate, but I don’t need a statue, my history is there at Real Madrid, I’ll keep giving everything for Real Madrid. I don’t think a statue would make sense but after the final we’ll see.

Marcelo also discussed the importance of today’s UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool.

Marcelo said:

We know how important this competition is and we’re having a great season. We deserve to be in the final and we’re excited for it. It’s normal to have some nerves, but you already feel excited once the day of the final comes.

It’s a matter of pride whenever we have Brazilians in the final. I tell the Brazilians who’ll watch the game to enjoy this final and the football.

By Amara

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