Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has fuelled speculation he could join Manchester United this summer after admitting it would be an honour to play for the Premier League giants.
The 27-year-old was asked about his future in an interview with Portuguese publication O Jogo whilst on international duty with Fernando Santos's squad this week.
"It's one of the best clubs in the world, a club I admire greatly," Coentrao was quoted saying by Goal.com after netting the winner in Portugal's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Serbia. "It would be an honour to play there."
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Coentrao also intimated that he's not particularly happy with the amount of game-time he's been afforded by Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu at the moment, which is part of the reason why he continues to be linked with a departure at the end of the season.
The former Benfica man is tied into a long-term contract with Los Blancos, but if the Red Devils meet the full-back's asking price then a transfer to Old Trafford could be made possible.
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"I hope to have more minutes at Real Madrid and that the coach trusts me more, something that has not happened so far," he added. "But I still have four years left on [my] contract with Real Madrid."
According to Spanish newspaper AS there is genuine truth in Louis van Gaal's desire to add Coentrao to his squad next season, but given the wealth of options he already has at left-back the rumours seem a little farfetched.
Manchester United splashed £27 million on acquiring the services of former Southampton teenager Luke Shaw last summer, and also paid a significant fee for World Cup finalist Marcos Rojo - another versatile defender capable of operating right across the back-line.
Plenty of options
The additional acquisition of ex-Ajax midfielder Daley Blind means that Van Gaal brought in three players with the ability to play on the left flank, so it begs the question why the Dutchman would want Coentrao.
It's true that the club came close to landing him in the summer of 2013 when David Moyes was in charge at the Theatre of Dreams, only for the deal to collapse at the final hour. However, it simply doesn't make sense that Manchester United would renew their interest in the next transfer window.
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