Marcelo granted Spanish nationality

Real Madrid`s Brazilian defender Marcelo has been granted Spanish nationality, the club announced on its website.

The 23-year-old Brazil international, who moved to the Bernabeu during the 2006/07 season from Fluminense, will now no longer occupy one of the three non-European Union spots in the Madrid squad.

"It is a very special day for me. This is a big step. I`ve always wanted to be here and I`m very happy," Marcelo said on www.realmadrid.com.

Source PRESS ASSOCIATION