Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has said he believes he could thrive in the Premier League but has no plans to leave La Liga or the Santiago Bernabeu.
Talking on his YouTube channel (via the Daily Star‘s Alex Wood), the 29-year-old said he would be open to spending the rest of his career with Real and joked he may be too small for the English game:
“For me, the best league in the world is the Spanish [league]. The level is very high. A team might be the penultimate one but they will try to play their way out. The goalkeeper does not pump the ball forward but rather they try to play it out from the back.
“I think a league in which I could play would be the Premier League, or maybe I’m too short … I am good here, I stay in La Liga. I still haven’t thought about [retirement]. I’ve still got five years left on my contract with Madrid.
“I hope there are more to come. I still haven’t thought about where I want to retire. Madrid have given me everything, it’s my second home and they have given me all the support that I needed. Yes I would like to [retire here], why not?“
The Brazil international has been at Real since 2007 and has won La Liga four times and the UEFA Champions League on three occasions.
He is one of the best attacking full-backs in the world, and his suggestion he could play in the Premier League is likely to be of interest to a number of managers in the English top flight.
Manchester United and Liverpool are two Premier League giants who could benefit from strengthening at left-back.
However, it seems clear Marcelo is not considering leaving Real despite their issues.
The Liga champions have long been out of this season’s title race. They are 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona and hanging on to fourth spot, the final Champions League place.
With Real also out of the Copa del Rey, they face a season-defining clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.
Los Blancos are bidding to become the first side in more than 40 years to win Europe’s premier club competition three times in a row—Bayern Munich were the last to achieve such a feat, between 1974 and 1976.
But defeat to PSG in their last-16 tie, the first leg of which takes place on Wednesday, could spell the end for Real manager Zinedine Zidane.