OLYMPIACOS look set to terminate Marcelo’s contract due to fitness issues and a series of hapless performances in the first half of the season, reports suggest.
The Real Madrid legend joined the Greek champions only last September and received the biggest hero’s welcome any other star signing ever got at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
Real Madrid legend Marcelo looks set to leave Olympiacos in JanuaryAFP
Marcelo has struggled to regain full fitness at Olympiacos after his arrivalAFP
But the star full-back has failed to live up to the immense hype after his glittering 15-year stint at Real where he won 25 major honours, including five Champions League trophies.
According to FootMercato, as cited by BeFootball, the Piraeus giants are “fed up” with the former Brazil international being unable to play more than 30 minutes per match.
The same report claims Olympiacos are unhappy with the 34-year-old’s inability to regain full fitness.
Therefore, the Greek giants’ manager Michel doesn’t include Marcelo in his plans for the second half of the season with the team currently fourth in the Superleague table.
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Marcelo has never managed to start a single game for Olympiacos and has fallen down the pecking order at left-back.
The defender has only amassed a mere five appearances and 121 minutes across all competitions.
According to Greek reporter Kostas Nikolakopoulos, Marcelo has an offer to hang up his boots and return to Real to become a global ambassador.
There is also interest from Brazilian clubs offering him the chance to retire in his homeland.
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Olympiacos went through a turbulent summer that saw them sack two managers – club legend Pedro Martins and current West Brom boss Carlos Corberan – and completed a total of 17 signings.
Among them were star arrivals as Marcelo was joined by former Real team-mate and Everton star James Rodriguez as well as ex-Atletico Madrid and Croatia ace Sime Vrsaljko.
Vrsaljko also failed to deliver as his contract was terminated on Monday but James has been firing on all cylinders and earned a new deal.