Marcelo’s switch to Leicester City ‘not happening’ after strange link

Marcelo will not be joining Leicester City on Transfer Deadline Day as initial reports linking the Real Madrid legend with a switch to the King Power Stadium are now believed to be wide of the mark.

The bizarre rumour was first triggered on social media by YouTuber Marti Miras, who tweeted: "The former Real Madrid player is VERY CLOSE to signing for Leicester City. In the absence of passing a medical examination, he would sign until June 2023. More information in the next few hours."

However, BBC Journalist Simon Stone has now rubbished reports of the five-time Champions League winner making an 11th-hour move to the East Midlands.

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"Told Marcelo to @LCFC is not happening," posted Stone on social media, bringing the short-running transfer saga to a conclusion. Marcelo, 34, is currently a free agent after leaving Real Madrid as their most decorated player ever, following 15 years of service in the Spanish capital.

The 58-capped Brazil international has claimed the prestigious La Liga crown on six occasions and is also a two-time Copa Del Rey winner. Los Blancos' most recent league honour meant Marcelo surpassed Paco Gento as the player with the most titles in the history of Real Madrid, before adding another to his collection with the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

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Despite a lack of movement from Marcelo, Leicester have been busy on Transfer Deadline Day. The Foxes announced the permanent capture of Wout Faes on a five-year deal earlier today. The 24-year-old joined from Ligue 1 Reims for £15million and will replace Wesley Fofana, who completed an initial £70m switch to Chelsea on Wednesday, in defence.

Fofana has penned a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge and hit out at former boss Brendan Rodgers on completion of the deal. "Thanks to the managers, to the coach who has always appreciated me, even if he chose to expose me a lot lately," said the 21-year-old.

"I chose not to communicate during this transfer window despite all the criticism and all the often false and misleading comments, even when they were coming from the club. I understood and I learned. I didn't want to damage the image of the institution and I chose to take it rather than answer."


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