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"Madrid To Manchester = Demotion"

Portuguese international wing-back, Fabio Coentrao, was desperate to leave Real Madrid during the transfer period, but not desperate enough to leave for Manchester United.

Coentrao is second-choice to Brazil international Marcelo at the Bernabeu, and asked for permission to find a new club.

Read: Coentrao Asks To leave Madrid

He was linked to Tottenham Hotspur in the deal which saw Gareth Bale join him in Spain’s capital, but he did not take the Welshman’s place at White Hart Lane.

After the transfer window closes, it emerged that among United’s list of missed targets, Coentrao’s name featured.

Read: United Failed In Coentrao Bid

The Red Devils may be English champions, and Real may have ended last season without a major trophy. But Coentrao, who signed for Los Blancos from Benfica for €30 million two years ago, says he is happy to have stayed at the Bernabeu, rather than to have moved to Old Trafford.

His insinuation is that leaving Madrid for Manchester would have been a downward step in his career.

"There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that's what matters," Coentrao told O Jogo.

“It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club, but that didn't happen as I already am at the best club in the world.

"I want to do better than I did last season, although I was at a very high level already. I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid."

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