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Real Madrid legend close to retiring, does not want to play outside Europe



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After 15 incredible years playing at Real Madrid, Marcelo called his time at Santiago Bernabeu quits after the end of the 2021/22 season.

The Brazilian was able to lift the Champions League and La Liga at the end of his term, before officially handing over the captain’s armband to Karim Benzema.

At 34, Marcelo’s next club was uncertain, but it was expected he could leave for MLS or the Middle East for one last big paycheck.

In a shocking turn of events, MARCA have reported that Marcelo is closer to retiring than, in fact, continuing football. He is not tempted by the offers from MLS or the Qatari League, and as it stands, is focusing on his entrepreneurial duties.

The legendary defender has been preparing for life after football for a while now. He owns two football clubs right now: Azuriz in Brazil and Mafra in Portugal.

While Marcelo wanted to continue playing football, it seems he does not have offers from any top European club. He does not want to settle for anything less, too, and as such, retirement has become an option for him.

That said, he knows he can always return to Madrid, albeit in a different role, but as for his immediate future, we might have seen the last of the great left-back.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros



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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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