Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrão submits formal transfer request
Real Madrid left-back, Fabio Coentrão has formally submitted a transfer request to leave the club.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s La Liga season opener against Real Betis, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the Portuguese international has expressed his desire to leave the club and will not be in the squad list for tomorrow.
“Coentrão has told Real Madrid he wants to leave and as a result he is not in the squad to play against Betis”.
Coentrão joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 for a staggering €35 million transfer fee from Benfica, following a eye-opening performance for Portugal is the World Cup in South Africa.
However, he has not been able to cement his place over Marcelo in the starting line-up and disciplinary issues have lead to on-field and off-field issues, only adding to the inconsistent performances.
It is rumoured that Coentrao is seeking a team in the Champions League, while other reports indicated that Coentrão could be added to Real Madrid’s acquisition of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Gareth Bale as a means of lowering the record-breaking €110 million transfer fee.