Register Login Live

International

"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."

Gareth Bale - Real Madrid - Goals/Skills/Assists - 2013/2014 | HD

Real Youngster Not Leaving Madrid

64 comments

Top 5

Breaking: Chiefs Confirm New CAF CL Date

37 Dec 04, 2020 10:55 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Reports: Juve Players Unhappy With Pirlo's Ronaldo Treatment

37 Dec 02, 2020 06:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Sundowns Part Ways With Veteran Attacker

39 Dec 04, 2020 08:16 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

11 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Arendse Pens Emotional Downs Farewell

25 Dec 04, 2020 08:18 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Reports: Juve Players Unhappy With Pirlo's Ronaldo Treatment

37 Dec 02, 2020 06:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Barca Facing Fine For Messi's Maradona Tribute

10 Nov 30, 2020 06:31 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Zamalek President Claims Pitso ‘Stole’ CAF CL Title

59 Dec 02, 2020 10:30 AM in Players Abroad

Breaking: Downs’ Deadline Day Transfer

7 Nov 30, 2020 10:14 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Check Out New Bucs Duo Dazzle In Wedding Drip

6 Dec 03, 2020 02:47 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Promoted Pirates Starlet Opens Up About Remarkable Progress

7 Dec 04, 2020 01:58 PM in Orlando Pirates

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Keeper: I Should Have Clapped For Kekana’s Goal

9 Dec 04, 2020 10:03 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News