Real Madrid full back Marcelo has insisted teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has the backing of the rest of the squad despite speculation claiming he wants to leave the club this summer, according to Marca.
Marcelo, speaking on the club's pre-season tour, admitted that he hadn't made contact with Ronaldo over the course of the summer, but he believes the squad will remain as strong and united as it ever has been.
Ronaldo has been at the centre of a tax fraud scandal since last season ended, and his lack of support from the club and treatment in the Spanish press had made the player think about a potential summer exit from Santiago Bernabeu. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were the main parties interested, but the player has since decided to stay.
The departures of international compatriots Pepe and Fabio Coentrao over the past few weeks have led to reports that Ronaldo has lost his friends in the dressing room, but Marcelo has issued a message of support to the 32-year-old, saying: "I haven't spoken to Ronaldo about this subject, but he knows his teammates are with him to the death.
"When he arrives, we can then talk about him and see how he is."
And looking forward to the new season, Marcelo insisted he is just as motivated as ever to win more trophies, following Real's league and Champions League double win last season.
He added: "I approach every season with the same excitement. 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."