Marcelo Vieira is set to be made Real Madrid captain for the upcoming campaign,
ruling out his exit, with Juventus having been linked.
The club’s president Florentino Perez confirmed new development in a statement.
The Brazilian has spent 14 years with the Galacticos since joining in 2007,
and has won a number of trophies along the way, and will go down amongst the
greatest left-backs in history.
Juventus were believed to be courting his signature this summer, with just one year
remaining on his contract, and with him having shared the first-team role with
Ferland Mendy this term, but Florentino Perez insists that he will now be staying
with the club this term, and that he will take over as club captain following Sergio
Ancelotti respects Marcelo’s experience and sees the 33-year-old, who has been with
Real since 2007, as the ideal man to take over from Ramos.
The Brazilian will become the first non-Spaniard to captain Real in over 100 years.
Real have had a Spanish captain ever since 1904, when Guatemalan Federico Revierto
gave up the armband.
Unfortunately, there is one small problem with Marcelo becoming captain. He’s not
actually a first-team regular and is already being phased out by Ferland Mendy, so
Ancelotti will need somebody to wear the armband in his absence.
The man for that job will be striker Karim Benzema, who will be the team’s captain
whenever Marcelo is not on the field.
Should neither Benzema nor Marcelo be playing, third in the captaincy pecking order
is centre-back Raphael Varane – who had been expected to seal his own move away
from the club this summer but has now been tipped to sign a new contract.
The first Spaniard to feature in Ancelotti’s captaincy plans is defender Nacho
Fernandez, who is fourth in the standings. He is Real’s longest-serving player, having
risen through the ranks at the academy.