Fabio Coentrao is reported to have agreed a new contract with Real Madrid. It represents something of a dramatic change from a year ago, when the Portuguese had been expected to clinch a transfer to Manchester United having appeared to slip down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Coentrao has, however, seen his importance restored under Carlo Ancelotti and, following a long period of injury, was able to establish himself in the Real Madrid team, and started the Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid.
Marca now report that Coentrao has already signed his new Real Madrid deal, and it will extend his stay with the club by five years, taking him until 2019. It is claimed that Real Madrid had actually wanted to Coentrao to agree a contract last summer, but the player appeared to have his head turned by the interest from Manchester United.
Following the appointment of David Moyes, Manchester United had strived to recruit a left-back to provide competition for Patrice Evra and, after missing out on Leighton Baines, had moved for Coentrao.
A loan move to Old Trafford was mooted and, after the temporary transfer collapsed, Coentrao was reportedly reduced to tears. Almost a year on and the acquisition of a left-sided defender remains a priority for Manchester United, but they have chose to give up on Coentrao in favour of Southampton teenager Luke Shaw.