Zinedine Zidane has insisted Marcelo is a player he has 'love' for, with the Brazilian likely to start the season for Real Madrid when they take on Celta Vigo on Saturday.
The Brazilian came under a fair amount of criticism from Real Madrid fans during the club's torrid campaign last season, which culminated in the sacking of both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, prior to Zidane being reinstated at the helm.
During that time, Marcelo struggled to play regularly, failing to make four consecutive starts for the club after the fourth match of the season until the Frenchman returned to the helm. With new signing Ferland Mendy injured and yet to adapt to La Liga
"He's played very little lately, but he's done phenomenal things for this club," the 47-year-old explained, via Marca.
Due to Madrid's horrific form last season, Marcelo had been linked with moves abroad. However, with those rumours seemingly fizzing out, the Brazilian is now looking forward to the new campaign with Zidane, and expressed his joy at seeing him return to the dugout.
"I was very happy with his return," he admitted.