Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao has asked for a transfer away from the Spanish giants.
The defender was left out of the team for Real's season-opener against Real Betis, with manager Ancelotti revealing "he has asked to leave".
Coentrao has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League clubs, but has made it clear that he wants to be playing Champions League football this season, giving Chelsea a boost over Tottenham in the pursuit of the talented defender.
The defender joined Real in 2011 from Benfica with a reported transfer fee of around £25m, but Spurs are not willing to go above £17m for the defender.
Rumours are circulating that Coentrao could be used in the deal which brings Gareth Bale to Real Madrid this summer, but with the Portuguese's announcement that he wants to be playing Champions League football this season it will make even more difficult for Real Madrid to use him in the deal.
Ancelotti has said that he is happy with how his squad is at the moment but admitted Bale would be a welcome addition as 'great players always bring things to a team'.
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