For most of the world’s population, playing for Real Madrid would probably be considered a pretty good life. But for Fabio Coentrao, however, it seems far from ideal, so much so that the left-back was left in tears when his deadline day loan move to Manchester United failed to materialise, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.
One of the stranger pieces of business to take place on Monday, coming fittingly from left-field, the Portuguese’s last minute move only broke some fifteen minutes after the 11pm deadline had passed with sources from Old Trafford confident the deal would be done.
It wasn’t until midway through the following day that it became apparent the deal had failed, though, as Real Madrid had not submitted their side of the paperwork to FIFA as they had seen intended replacement Guiherme Siqueira join Benfica instead.
With the blessing of the Portuguese Football Association, Coentrao watched on from his hotel room whilst the chaos unfolded with compatriots and United players past and present in Nani and Ronaldo. It’s safe to say that Coentrao didn’t take the news that he would remain in Madrid for the foreseeable future too well.
Record reported that Coentrao broke down in tears and had to be consoled by several teammates after being left angry and confused by developments from the Bernabeu.
25-year-old Coentrao, who has been capped 37 times for his country, was hoping a move away from the Spanish capital, where he is behind Brazilian Marcelo in the pecking order, would help cement his place in Paulo Bento’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
For now though, he’ll have to make do with playing second fiddle for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, although it's strongly rumoured that United boss David Moyes will be back to get his man when the transfer window re-opens in January. United will be determined not to fail second time round; probably best to stock up on the Kleenex though, just in case.
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