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Real Madrid Confirm Wing-Back Fabio Coentrao Has Issued Transfer Request

Portuguese international wants Bernabeu exit.

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao has requested a transfer away from the Bernabeu reports Sky Sports.

The defender was left out of Ancelotti’s squad for their La Liga opener against Real Betis today with the former Chelsea manager confirming that ‘he has asked to leave’ the Madrid club.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking the 25-year-old and he could be part of the possible deal to take Gareth Bale to Spain although he has indicated that he wants to play in the Champions League which could make a transfer to White Hart Lane difficult.

Madrid forked out more £25m for the Portugal international in 2011 when he signed from Benfica but he has struggled to establish himself in the Madrid side given fierce competition from Brazilian Marcelo.

Andre Villas-Boas is known to be a keen admirer of the left back who he tried to sign during his short spell as manager of Chelsea and Spurs are looking to pay around £17m to bring him to England but the La Liga runners up are keen to recoup as much of previous transfer fee as possible.

Former Real boss Jose Mourinho could also look for a reunion with his compatriot as he seeks a long-term replacement for England international Ashley Cole.

Ancelotti also added that he was satisfied with his squad heading into the new season but admitted Bale would be a brilliant addition as ‘great players always bring things to a team’.


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