Football: Marcelo extends Real Madrid contract until 2022

Real Madrid's Marcelo (right) and Mateo Kovacic react during a training session of the team at the Valdebebas sports facilities in Madrid, Spain on Sept 12, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

Madrid (AFP) - Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo extended his 11-year stay with the Spanish giants by signing a new contract until 2022, the club announced on Wednesday.

The Brazilian left-back, 29, has won three Champions League and four LaLiga titles in over 400 appearances since joining from Fluminense in 2006.

"Real Madrid and Marcelo have agreed to extend the contract of the player, who will remain tied to the club until June 30, 2022," the club said.

Marcelo will, however, be suspended for Real's next two LaLiga games after he was sent off for a kick at Jefferson Lerma in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Levante.

He will be absent for Sunday's trip to Real Sociedad and the visit of Real Betis on Sept 20.

Real will seek to put a disappointing start to their LaLiga campaign behind them when they begin their defence of the Champions League title later on Wednesday at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia.

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