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Fabio Coentrao wants Real Madrid exit

August 19, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Reported Tottenham, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain target Fabio Coentrao has asked to leave Real Madrid, according to Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Coentrao, 25, was not included in the Madrid squad for Saturday’s 2-1 Primera Division opening weekend win over Real Betis, after Ancelotti told reporters at his pre-game press conference that the full-back had put in a transfer request.

“Coentrao has asked to leave,” Ancelotti said. “He will not be in tomorrow’s game. Nothing more, all the other players are happy to be here.”

The Portugal international rarely featured during Madrid’s pre-season tour of the United States, amid speculation that he would be included as a makeweight in the €100 million-plus transfer which would see Gareth Bale move from Tottenham to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

With Madrid president Florentino Perez and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy first disagreeing over Coentrao’s valuation, and the Bale move now having apparently cooled for the moment, the ex-Benfica defender appears to have been left in limbo.

However, big-spending Ligue 1 duo PSG and Monaco could now be about to firm up previous interest, according to persistent reports in the Spanish press.

Ancelotti did speak earlier in the summer about his wish for the versatile player to stay at the Bernabeu.

“Coentrao is thinking about it, but I would be happy if he stays as he is a very good player," he said in early August.

Since joining Madrid for €30 million in the summer of 2011, Coentrao has made 36 appearances in his two seasons at the Bernabeu. He has never really settled properly, though, and was often a target for fans and journalists who criticised him as a way of getting at former coach Jose Mourinho, as they both share an agent in Jorge Mendes.

Mourinho generally favoured Coentrao over fellow left-back Marcelo for big games, but reportedly had issues with his fellow countryman, especially about his off-field behaviour -- such as being pictured smoking at his own birthday party in April 2012.

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