Marcelo plays down Liverpool link

Real Madrid star Marcelo has come out to pour water on rumours linking him with a move to Premier League club Liverpool, with the Brazil international insisting he is settled and happy in the Spanish capital. The 25-year old in the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu and Liverpool are one of a number of European clubs being tipped by Betfair fans to be weighing up making a bid for Marcelo this summer.

While Liverpool are enjoying a sensational season this year, currently sitting atop the Premier League table, Brendan Rodgers has struggled with the left-back position. With Spaniard Jose Enrique struggling with injury problems throughout the season, Rodgers has been forced to play youngster Jon Flanagan at left back, in a campaign that has seen Liverpool shock plenty of Betfair fans with their surprising title charge.

While the young defender is a talented player and someone who could be a future star for the club, Flanagan is a natural right back and not someone Rodgers will be looking at as a long term option on the left of his defence. With Liverpool all but certain with Betfair punters of achieving a top-four finish this season, Rodgers will have money available to him this summer with which to bolster his squad ahead of the club’s return to the Champions League.

Marcelo, who has been at Real Madrid since 2007, has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, and Liverpool are the latest club being backed by Betfair fans to be interested in the defender, with a reported £25million deal being talked about.

However, Liverpool may have to look elsewhere for a top-class left-back, with Marcelo making it clear he is still happy in Madrid and not looking to move.

“My best memory of football was when I signed for Real Madrid because I did not expect it. It was a spectacular moment. I’ve been here since I was 18, I’m from Madrid in practice and I am proud to be one of the captains of Real Madrid.”