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Real Madrid identify Marcelo replacement

Real Madrid identify Marcelo replacement

Real Madrid are looking into the potential of bringing Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico to the club as a replacment for Marcelo, according to reports.

The Brazilian defender has seen playing time hard to come by at the Santiago Bernabeu over the last few weeks, being replaced by youngster Sergio Reguilon.

Marcelo has won four Champions League and four La Liga titles during his career with Madrid, which has also seen him make 471 appearances in all competitions.

With the 30-year-old’s exemption from the first eleven, multiple reports have claimed that Italian side Juventus are keen on bringing him to the Serie A this summer and that he could be reunited with former Los Blancos forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Those links continue to be heard, leading the full-back to be questionned on his future and current time at Los Blancos.

Now, the agent of Tagliafico has added his thoughts on Marcelo’s exit and the potential of his client replacing the Brazilian.

Ricardo Schlieper told Radio Rivadavia:“It’s said that Tagliafico’s name has been included on Real Madrid’s shortlist because Marcelo will join Juventus.

“However, no-one’s called me yet, even if there have been enquiries from other teams. He has two years left on his contract and he has no release clause, but Ajax have set a minimum price for the top European clubs.

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“Which teams are they? All I can say is that among them, there’s a big Spanish club. That said, I think it’s the right time for Tagliafico to step up a level.”

Real Madrid got themselves back to winning ways at the weekend, beating Levante 2-1 but they will face Barcelona in back-to-back games this week to determine who will go through to the Copa del Rey final and gain three important points in La Liga.

Barca sit nine points ahead of Madrid in the league standings.