Real Madrid

Marcelo set to join Fluminense at the end of the season

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Marcelo has been a bit-part player at Real this season
Marcelo has been a bit-part player at Real this season / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Marcelo is set to end his 15-year stay at Real Madrid this summer, with a free transfer to Brazilian side Fluminense looking likely.

The left-back joined Los Blancos all the way back in 2007 and will depart as an undisputed club legend.

Marcelo has made well over 500 appearances for Real in all competitions, registering 38 goals and 101 assists - quite staggering numbers for a defender who spent his career playing in a back four. He has helped the club win a host of major honours too, including five La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and four Club World Cups.

In more recent times though, Marcelo has become a more marginal figure in the first team. Over the past few seasons a combination of injuries, poor form and the emergence of Ferland Mendy has restricted his playing time, with the Brazilian featuring just 16 times in La Liga last campaign.

This has been followed by merely a handful of appearances this term and with his contract set to expire in the summer, AS report that the defender's days in the Spanish capital are numbered.

The club are not considering offering him fresh terms with Marcelo expected to return to boyhood side Fluminense, whom he left to join Real back in 2007.

The 33-year-old will be eager to depart the Santiago Bernabeu on a high, and he has a good chance of doing so if his side can keep up their current form.

Real currently sit top of La Liga, eight points clear of Sevilla in second, having only lost one of their opening 16 games. They also breezed through to the Champions League last 16, sealing top spot in their group with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Inter on the final matchday.

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