Fabio Coentrao has asked to leave Real Madrid.
The Portuguese international left-back is reportedly a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, as well as Monaco and PSG in France.
25-year-old Coentrao has been unhappy at the Bernabeu for the best part of a year.
After he joined Los Blancos for €30million in 2011, he enjoyed a honeymoon period at the club.
But he struggled to win a regular place in the starting line-up, and when he did play last season, he was made the scapegoat as Madrid meekly surrendered their La Liga title to Barcelona.
Early in August, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Coentrao’s future at the club was in doubt.
“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,” the Italian said.
And before Madrid’s first match of the season this weekend, Ancelotti admitted that the defender has decided his future lies elsewhere.
“Coentrao has asked to leave,” Ancelotti said on Saturday.
“He will not be in tomorrow’s game.
“Nothing more, all the other players are happy to be here.
Until now, Madrid’s focus has been on convincing Tottenham Hotspur to part with Gareth Bale.
But Ancelotti was already upset by his team’s poor defending in their narrow win over Real Betis on Sunday, and so now a new left-back must surely be on his transfer agenda.