Marcelo painted a fascinating image this week with his comments about sitting next to Gareth Bale in the Real Madrid dressing room and Bale not speaking Spanish to him.
Could these silent conversations using only hand gestures, written notes, and pointing at the tactics board serve to prepare him for a swansong in English football? If Marcelo can't teach Gareth Spanish, maybe Gareth can improve Marcelo's English?
At the moment an Italian job seems more likely in the summer with his old pal Cristiano Ronaldo saving him a place in the Juventus dressing room. Wherever his next move takes him, it has started to look increasingly like this will be his last season at Real Madrid.