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    Marcelo calms talk of Ronaldo reunion at Juventus with no Real Madrid exit planned

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    Marcelo, though, claims there is no substance to the transfer talk and insists it is his intention to honour a contract in the Spanish capital which is due to run until 2022.

    He told Esporte Interativo when quizzed on the supposed interest from Juventus: “We’re talking about a formidable team.

    “I remember following them a lot when [Pavel] Nedved played. I also swapped shirts with him.

    “Having said that, I’m still a Real Madrid player and I have a contract in force.

    “I don’t know where the rumours have come from. I’d say if there was an agreement or negotiations had taken place.”

    Ronaldo and Marcelo struck up a close bond during the former’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    Their friendship was so tight that the South American was among the first to be made aware that a stunning transfer was on the cards.

    Talk of Ronaldo leaving Spain had rumbled on for some time prior to the summer of 2018, but Marcelo claims the Portuguese told him of his intentions prior to a European showpiece which saw Madrid secure a hat-trick of continental crowns.

    He added: “We were training for our last Champions League Final against Liverpool and he told me: ‘I’m leaving’.

    “So yes, he confessed it to me before the match.”

    Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has gone on to star at Juventus, with his goal return standing at 20 from 31 appearances.

    Marcelo, meanwhile, has formed part of a testing campaign for Madrid.

    They have shown signs of life of late, moving back into second spot in La Liga, while a fourth successive Champions League success remains up for grabs heading into the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Ajax on Wednesday.

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