Brazilian star Marcelo has been reportedly dismissed from Real Madrid camp and will play no part in the team’s next LaLiga fixture against Granada following an outburst with Zinedine Zidane.
Marcelo was said to have been involved in an argument with the French man over his tactics and team selections, according to reports from Spain.
Marcelo, 32, has seen his game time limited this season with Ferland Mendy often the preferred left-back option.
According to Goal as quoted in Sportsmail, Marcelo has become ‘increasingly frustrated’ at Zidane and that frustration boiled over on the eve of Real Madrid’s LaLiga match with Granada on Thursday.
With Mendy out for the remainder of the season with a shin injury, Marcelo assumed he would play out the campaign at left-back.
But Goal’s report details a bust-up with Zidane during Tuesday’s training session and the Frenchman elected to leave Marcelo out entirely for the squad to face Granada as a result.
In the absence of Mendy and Marcelo, academy star Miguel Gutierrez is expected to be handed the starting role at left-back.
The Brazilian has been at Real Madrid since 2007 and has been very influential in the set-up, making more than 370 appearances.
So far, he has won five-time LaLiga and four Champions League trophies and his exclusion may not sit well for a must win game in the title race.
Zidane’s side could still have an outside shot at the title but must defeat Granada at the Nuevo Estadio de Los to close the gap with leaders, Atletico Madrid while there are just two games remaining.
Meanwhile, there were indications last week that ‘a consensus’ was reached in the dressing room that a ‘tired’ Zidane could leave at the end of the season.