Brazilian defender Marcelo Vieira has requested a transfer to Serie A giants Juventus, Italian newspaper Tuttosport reported on Monday.
The newspaper’s source specified that Marcelo has insisted he wants to be sold in the January window, not at the end of the season, stressing his intent to leave Real as soon as possible.
The Brazilian has reportedly told Real Madrid President Florentino Perez he wants to leave for Juventus on a number of occasions, as he looks to be reunited with Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.
Twitterians have reacted to the prospect of Marcelo leaving Los Blancos, with most fans claiming he wants to leave to be reunited with Ronaldo, who he often combined with on the pitch to produce exceptional attacking plays.
😂😂😂.— Sir Francua (@FrancuaSir) October 22, 2018
He's missing Ronaldo.
Nowadays his crosses are finding Benzema and the Replays are not worth watching.
Ronaldo effect. If this happens, Juve about to be the old Real Madrid.— Adeola (@naijafoo) October 22, 2018
Dude wants to be reunited with Ronaldo. The drop in quality is staggering.— Moshood A. Hassan (@MAAHwrites) October 22, 2018
Someone misses the GOAT.— ᗪᗩᑎ 🔥 (@MeilleurMbappe) October 23, 2018
Looking for Ronaldo?— Max Maximum (@MaxMaximum10) October 23, 2018
Real Madrid have had a poor start to the season, dropping points in five of their nine La Liga fixtures, including an embarrassing 3:0 defeat to Sevilla.
Several players have been linked to Real, including Belgian star Eden Hazard, Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, and LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s new club currently sit top of Serie A on 25 points, though their winning streak ended over the weekend when they only managed a draw against Genoa.
Next up, Juventus will face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in a UEFA Champions League group stage clash, while Real Madrid take on Czech side Viktoria Plzeň.