Real Madrid block Manchester United move for Fabio Coentrao

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will not allow Fabio Coentrao to leave the Bernabeu in the January transfer window, according to Spanish source AS.

The Portuguese international has fallen behind Marcelo in the pecking order at Real Madrid and has subsequently asked the club for a transfer.

Manchester United came closest to taking him away from the Spanish capital, agreeing a deal to sign Coentrao in the summer before botching the paperwork and missing the deadline by minutes.

The Red Devils were believed to be keen to add Coentrao to the squad in this window, giving the left-back time to acclimatise to the Premier League ahead of Patrice Evra's expected summer departure.

However, Ancelotti will not allow Coentrao to depart halfway through the season, especially now that he has little more than 24 hours to sign a replacement.

It's not just a blow for David Moyes though, AC Milan and Napoli were both also reported to be keen on signing Coentrao but have been met with a similar stance from the Italian manager.

Real Madrid's stance may bring an end to Manchester United's January spending, with Juan Mata coming in as the lone addition. The Spanish playmaker moved from Premier League rivals Chelsea to Old Trafford in a club record £37m deal.

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