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Marcelo suggests he rejected Juventus move

Marcelo suggests he rejected Juventus move
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Real Madrid defender Marcelo hints that he rejected the chance to join Juventus earlier this summer.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has suggested that he turned down the chance to join Juventus earlier this summer.

The 31-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Italian champions in the latter stages of the 2018-19 campaign amid suggestions that he was considering his future.

Zinedine Zidane's return as head coach has seen the Brazil international reinstated as first-choice left-back, though, and the defender has hinted that he rejected a summer switch to Turin.

"I was approached by Italian clubs [about a move]," Marcelo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "The truth is that I love Real Madrid, it is my home and the best club in the world. In my head there was never an idea that I would wear a Juventus shirt, I am committed to Real Madrid."

Marcelo has made close to 500 appearances for Los Blancos since arriving in 2007, winning 20 major trophies with the Spanish giants.

Madrid, who have had a busy summer thus far in terms of recruitment, will open their 2019-20 La Liga campaign with a trip to Celta Vigo on August 17.

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