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Manchester United & Spurs target can leave Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti will allow Fabio Coentrao - a reported target for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur - to leave Real Madrid in January, according to Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo.

The Portuguese international was heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu during the summer, and came close to a deadline day transfer to the Premier League champions.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is set to renew his attempt to sign the 25-year-old when the transfer window reopens, with the Daily Mail reporting last month that the Old Trafford outfit will go head to head with Spurs for his signature.

Of course, Tottenham's interest stemmed from former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who had hoped to lure his compatriot to White Hart Lane to strengthen his options on the left side of defence. But, since his departure earlier this month it's now unclear whether Coentrao still remains a target.

Brought to the Spanish capital by Jose Mourinho in 2011, the former Benfica star has made just two appearances for Real Madrid this season, having been deemed surplus to requirements by current boss Ancelotti.

He remains under contract with Los Blancos until 2017, but is keen to leave the club in order to strengthen his chances of joining Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Portugal squad set to depart for Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer.

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