Football’s suspension might just have come to Marcelo’s rescue.
The Brazilian has struggled for form over the past two seasons and has been enduring fitness problems in recent months.
Not even the return of Zinedine Zidane to the Real Madrid dugout has been able to revive the left-back’s career at the club.
The enforced break on the season allows Marcelo not to fall even further behind Ferland Mendy in the pecking order while he’s recovering from a muscle injury.
Another issue on the table is that of his contract, which runs until June 2022.
Zidane wants to keep the 31-year-old, but offers to take him away in the upcoming transfer windows won’t be low in numbers.
Juventus are among a number of clubs showing interest in signing the defender.
Mendy isn’t Marcelo’s only problem at Real Madrid, with Sergio Reguilon set to return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu from his loan at Sevilla in the summer.
Add another left-back to the squad and the versatile Achraf Hakimi, who is returning from his loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Marcelo’s 19 appearances this season are more likely to decrease than increase for the next campaign.
The Brazilian has, however, staved off competition in his position before, with Theo Hernandez and Reguilon pursuing moves away in recent years.
There’s no doubting Marcelo’s value to Real Madrid having helped them win four Champions League titles and other silverware.
However, despite all this pedigree, the left-back might have limited time left to convince the club that he deserves to stay past the end of his current deal.
Once the football season resumes, he’ll have to be at his best if he wants to stick around at Los Blancos.