Chelsea still keen on Real Madrid defender addition

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Fabio Coentrao has once again been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Spanish publication Marca claims the Blues are still interested in bringing the Portuguese international to Stamford Bridge, having pursued the player in the past.

Coentrao still has four-years left on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, but is reportedly considering his future in La Liga for a number of reasons.

The paper claims injuries and an inability to connect with fans are two of the reason, along with difficulties settling in the the Spanish capital and the weight of expectation following a €30 million from Benfica.

Interest in Gareth Bale could also influence a decision on Coentrao's future, according to Marca, and a spell in west London is a possibility.

With England international Ashley Cole set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, Coentrao would represent a direct replacement at left back for Chelsea.

However, the Blues' summer situation is unclear with regards to management and transfers, with interim boss Rafa Benitez unsure if he'll still be in charge of the club when the season finishes.

The paper claims Coentrao will consider his options at the end of the campaign, which means it could be a different Chelsea manager who will have the final say on any potential move.

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