Coentrao takes swipe at Manchester United

Published 3 Comments

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Fabio Coentrao has taken a dig at his potential suitors, claiming he's already playing for the best club in the world.

The Real Madrid defender seemed destined for the Bernabeu exit this summer, with reports suggesting the Portuguese defender was going to be used as a makeweight in the deal that took Gareth Bale from Spurs to Madrid.

However, Coentrao was excluded from that move, which prompted Manchester United boss David Moyes into making a deadline day move for the 25-year-old full-back.

Yet again, a move failed to come to fruition, with reports claiming United failed to submit the necessary paperwork before the 11pm deadline on September 2, putting an end to any hopes that Coentrao had of linking up with the Old Trafford club.

But the left-back insists he's happy to stay in the Spanish capital, and has taken a swipe at both Tottenham and Manchester United in claiming that he's already playing for the "best club in the world".

Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Coentrao - who played for his national side in Friday night's 4-2 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland - said: "There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that's what matters," he declared.

"It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club, but that didn't happen as I already am at the best club in the world.

"I want to do better than I did last season, although I was at a very high level already. I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid."

Coentrao's comments come after reports in the 25-year-old's homeland claim he was upset when a move to United failed to go through.

David Moyes has been on the lookout for a new left-back all summer. With his long-running pursuit of Leighton Baines proving unsuccessful, the United chief turned to Coentrao, only for the switch to fall through right at the last minute.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

La Liga
Manchester United
Real Madrid
Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again