Marcelo ‘axed from Real Madrid squad after bust-up with boss Zinedine Zidane over defensive tactics’

MARCELO has reportedly been axed from Real Madrid’s squad for tomorrow’s match against Granada after a bust-up with Zinedine Zidane over his tactics.

The veteran Brazilian defender was left off the matchday list for Thursday’s crunch LaLiga clash away from home.

Marcelo’s absence raised fears he could have picked up an injury, with regular left-back Ferland Mendy already ruled out for the rest of the season.

But Goal claims Marcelo was not included after ‘an exchange of opinions’ with boss Zidane.

It’s said Marcelo was not happy with the Frenchman’s ‘defensive’ tactics in recent weeks.

Real played a five-man defence in both legs of their Champions League semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

And they also needed a 94th minute own-goal against Sevilla to draw 2-2 and keep their title hopes alive.

Marcelo will now play no part in the game against Granada, with Real two points off Atletico Madrid with three games remaining.

And the alleged clash could raise doubts over his future at the Bernabeu.

Marcelo has been at Real since January 2007 after a move from Fluminense.


He has played 527 games for Los Blancos, winning five LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys in that time.

There are also said to be doubts over Zidane’s future if he does not win the title.

And ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri is reported to lead a three-man shortlist to take over this summer.

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