Manchester United and Arsenal targets commit to Real Madrid

Angel Di Maria

Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria were linked with moves to the Premier League duo late in the transfer window, but are happy at Madrid.

What with Gareth Bale moving to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee and Mesut Ozil heading in the other direction to Arsenal, it was a very busy transfer window at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Two other players that were subject to immense speculation over their futures were Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria, with Manchester United and Arsenal interested in the pair respectively.

The Portuguese left-back was vocal in his desire to leave the Spanish capital earlier in the summer and it was believed that the Premier League champions were keen to bring him to England.

With United stalling on a deal to sign Everton’s Leighton Baines, a loan switch for Coentrao was on the cards but fell through at the last moment.

Despite the defender remaining in Madrid, he has stated that he is happy with the outcome of the window.

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

Di Maria was another who was being touted with a move, as Arsenal enquired over the availability of the Argentina international.

With the additions of Bale and Isco this summer, it appeared that Madrid may well be willing to allow the South American to leave, but instead opted to sell Ozil.

The former Benfica star will need to battle for a place in the first team, but has thanked Carlo Ancelotti for keeping him at the club.

"Yes, I will be staying at Real Madrid," Di Maria told Fox Sports Radio.

"I have the confidence of the coach, I am very happy and my family also, which is the most important thing."

The amount of time on the pitch that the international pair get over the next coming months will dictate where their future lies. If new arrivals at the club take preference and Coentrao and Di Maria find themselves on the sidelines, there is every chance of a move to the Premier League in January or next summer.

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