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Real Madrid legend will depart on a free transfer at the end of the season – report

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Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead. Despite a season that can categorically be termed as a success, it appears Los Blancos want to make wholesale changes to the senior side and add real quality to the setup.

The signing of Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea appears to be done and dusted while Kylian Mbappe is more than likely to join the club on a free transfer.

However, in order to make way for these new signings, Real Madrid may have to offload plenty of existing stars. And according to Fabrizio Romano, one of those in contention to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer could be Marcelo.

Formerly of Fluminense, the Brazilian is currently one of the longest-serving members of the Real Madrid team, having joined the club way back in 2007.

During his 15 year spell at the club, Marcelo had established as one of the most successful defenders in the history of the game.

He racked up four Champions League titles and six La Liga titles among countless other accolades, which makes him the most decorated Real Madrid player of all time.

However, in recent years, Marcelo’s game has regressed heavily, largely due to injuries and a lack of game-time. Age appears to have caught up with him as well, prompting Real Madrid to make Ferland Mendy their number one choice at left-back.

Marcelo’s current contract at Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. And after making only five starts in the league this term, the club have no intention to renew the contract of the 33-year-old.

Along with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, Marcelo was one of the few old guards remaining at Santiago Bernabeu, following the recent exits of Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But with the Brazilian also set to bid adieu to the fans this summer, Real Madrid are well and truly kickstarting a new era in the coming season.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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