INTERVIEW | 10/07/2015“I'll always fight to get this club to the heights it deserves to reach. In my mind all I think about is winning everything all over again”, he added.
Marcelo spoke to Realmadrid.com and Realmadrid TV in his first interview following the extension of his contract until 2020. The Brazilian joined the club in the winter transfer window during the 2006-07 season and at just 27 years of age is now a fan favourite with the Whites' supporters: “I'll always fight to get this club to the heights it deserves to reach. In my mind all I think about is winning everything all over again. Just seeing the Real Madrid crest motivates me in each training session”.
I imagine you are happy to have extended your contract.
I'm delighted because I've fulfilled one of my objectives, which was to stay with Real Madrid for as long as possible. I'm living the dream. People all over the world know how great this team is. Putting on this jersey is incredible.
What does this contract extension mean for you?
It's a dream come true because in order to play for Real Madrid you have to reach a very high level. I fought very hard to join Real Madrid and achieve everything I've achieved. When you have to fight in order to get something that's difficult to attain and you then manage to succeed, that's especially satisfying.
Who comes to your mind at a moment like this?
My family, of course. I think about my grandfather, who always believed in me and, as you already know, he has played a hugely important in my life, and above all else I think about my wife and son. They have always helped me to achieve my dreams.
What does Marcelo mean for the Real Madrid supporters?
I don't know what all the fans think. I said before that I feel like an academy graduate because I came here when I was 18 and now I'm 27. During these years, Real Madrid has given me everything and I've been allowed to get on with enjoying my football. I'm extremely proud because being at this club is an enormous responsibility.
You have already played over 300 games with Real Madrid.
Just seeing the Real Madrid crest motivates me in each training session. My aim is to continue playing and to keep winning with a team like this. I'll continue fighting to ensure that Real Madrid reaches the heights the club deserves.
You have already started training with Benítez.
We've met up already and all the players are ready to get the season underway and pick up titles. We have to get ourselves ready well during the preseason.
You have won everything with this team. What is there left to do?
In my mind all I think about is winning everything all over again. I want to win everything with this team. I give it my all in each training session in order to be at my best for each match. We have been given a unique opportunity by playing for Real Madrid.
How do you remember the moment you kissed the crest right after winning la Décima?
For me and for many people around the world, that sums up everything about Real Madrid. This is a great club. Putting on the Real Madrid jersey, getting to the Champions League final, scoring and then winning is a string of events that would leave anyone speechless. It's as if there was a movie playing in my head showing me all the struggles I had to go through to eventually play for Real Madrid and win titles. That was a really special moment.
What has Real Madrid given you?
I've been allowed to enjoy my football and get to experience the best the game has to offer thanks to the enormity of this team across the globe.
What message do you have for the Real Madrid supporters?
Everyone knows that I give my all for the Real Madrid crest. We are going to continue fighting every season and in each match to keep the fans happy.