Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Portugal international Fabio Coentrao wants to leave Los Blancos this summer, after he was left out of the Real Madrid squad set to play Real Betis on Sunday.
The ex-Benfica defender was a favourite of Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese manager was in charge of Real Madrid. The 25-year-old is considering several options, according to Marca, with Chelsea and Tottenham linked for a possible move. But Tottenham suffered a huge setback after reports across Spain revealed that Coentrao is seeking for a move abroad to a club with Champions League football.
Chelsea, however, are ready to offer £17m, according to the Express, to secure the defender’s signature.
Coentrao is seen as a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge and with Mourinho managing the London side this time around, it might give them the edge over other clubs interested in signing him.
Although Ancelotti regards him to be a very good player, Coentrao feels he is unwanted at the club. Real Madrid signed him from Benfica for a reported fee of €30m, with Ezequiel Garay going the other direction as part of the deal.
Coentrao can also play in midfield, especially as left winger or occasionally as a central holding midfielder. One of the most highly-rated talents of Portugal has already made 37 appearances for the national team and have been instrumental in his performances for both club and country.
Real Madrid has given time to him to re-consider his future at Santiago Bernabeu. Surely one of the coveted transfer to look forward to as we near the closing of 2013/14 season summer transfer window in a fortnight.
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