Ex-Real Madrid defender Marcelo joins Olympiacos on one-year deal – just a day after Leicester were linked with a shock deadline-day move for the Brazilian
- Former Real Madrid defender Marcelo has joined Greek club Olympiacos
- Reports in Greece suggested the 34-year-old had signed a one-year contract
- Leicester had played down the prospect of signing him on deadline day
Greek club Olympiacos have signed Marcelo just a day after the Brazilian star was linked with a shock deadline-day move to Leicester City.
Reports in Greece suggested the 34-year-old had signed a one-year contract, with an option for an additional year.
The defender has spent the past 16 season playing for Real Madrid, where he accumulated the most titles in the club’s history.
Greek side Olympiacos have signed former Real Madrid defender Marcelo (above)
The 25 titles included six La Ligas, five Champions Leagues, five Supercopa de Espana, four Club World Cups, three Uefa Super Cups and two Copa del Reys.
Marcelo also made 58 appearances for Brazil from 2006-18, including the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
On Thursday, Leicester had played down the prospect of signing Marcelo after reports they were interested in the full back.
Leicester had played down the prospect of signing defender Marcelo (pictured above)
There had been claims the Brazilian, a free agent after leaving Real Madrid this summer when his contract ran out at the Bernabeu, was close to signing a one-year deal with the Foxes.
But the BBC report that the Premier League side have distanced themselves from a move for the 34-year-old left-back.
The BBC report that Brendan Rodgers’ side have distanced themselves from a potential move
The 58-cap international announced he was finally leaving in May, after his side beat Liverpool 1-0 to take the Champions League trophy.
He was an unused substitute in that match, after being forced out of the side by Frenchman Ferland Mendy.
‘We’ve spoken and we’ve decided it’s best like that,’ Marcelo said in confirming his exit. ‘I’ve already done everything I had to do at Madrid. I’ve been lucky to be here for 15 and a half years at the best club in the world.’
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