Cristiano Ronaldo is a big reason why Manchester United’s pursuit of Fabio Coentrao could be about to end in failure.
According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Real Madrid are set to offer Coentrao a new contract under instruction from manager Carlo Ancelotti. But Ronaldo has reportedly played a big role in helping Coentrao to turn his Madrid career around.
Last summer and during the January transfer window the Portuguese defender was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu after falling out of favour – United were among the frontrunners, along with French side Monaco.
The report even notes that Coentrao has proposals on the table from other teams should he still wish to leave Real Madrid, but he’s back in the first-team under Ancelotti and helped play a role against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals last month.
After initially struggling to adapt to life in the Spanish capital, Coentrao has turned it around to the extent that he could start the Champions League final against city rivals Atletico Madrid later this month.
That turnaround has been partly thanks to Ronaldo, who, according to the report, has taken his international teammate under his wing and helped him to focus on his football and to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions that have plagued him to date.
As a result, he could be about to snub interest from abroad - and reportedly from Manchester United - to extend his contract at Real Madrid.