Real Madrid will charter a £17,000 private jet to allow Marcelo to play against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Brazilian has been chosen to monitor one of the Spanish capital’s polling stations the day before the match as the city’s residents pick their candidates for the assembly of Madrid.
Marcelo has been selected as a back-up – meaning he will only step in and take full responsibility should anything happen to the main monitor.
But that still creates a huge problem for the defender, whose role in the election means he is unable to travel with his team-mates ahead of the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge.
According to AS, Marcelo will train on his own at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex once his duties are completed, before jumping on a £17,000 private jet to London on either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Madrid are angry at the prospect of their player coming into contact with members of the public, some of whom could have covid-19.
The La Liga champions tried to lodge an appeal deferring Marcelo’s election commitment for work reasons but were unsuccessful in their claim.
Asked about the situation on Friday, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was resigned to losing his defender for one day at least.
He said: “It is what it is. He is going to fulfil his obligations, but nothing changes, he will be with us on Wednesday.”
Marcelo has been in and out of Madrid’s team this season but did start against Chelsea last week.
The Brazilian ace was substituted after 77 minutes with the score at 1-1.
Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the lead in the contest before Karim Benzema equalised with an exquisite volley 15 minutes later.
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