Real Madrid fullback Fabio Coentrao says that, despite words to the contrary from manager Carlo Ancelotti, there's a possibility of a move during the January transfer window. Manchester United and Chelsea could now be on alert.
After Real Madrid beat PSG in a friendly match a couple of days ago, Europapress reported that Ancelotti dismissed any out-going transfers of his Real Madrid players
'There is nothing new to talk about. No player is leaving and we aren’t going to sign anyone. For us the market is closed', he said.
Portuguese fullback Coentrao, however, has hinted otherwise, insisting that there is a possibility that he could leave this month.
Coentrao hasn’t had the best of times at Real Madrid this season - injuries have hampered his progress as he’s spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines.
The 25-year-old fullback has made just four La Liga appearances this season, and hasn’t played for nearly 6 weeks after to picking up a knock during Portugal’s World Cup qualifying victory over Sweden.
Coentrao appears frustrated at Real Madrid, with Marca reporting earlier in the year that the fullback felt that he has never been given the support of Madrid’s fans.
'Since the day I arrived it seems that the fans don’t want me here. If they aren’t happy with me then no problem, we will find a solution', he said.
When asked about a possible reunion with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Coentrao commented:
'If I leave Real Madrid, I won’t close the door on anyone'.
Despite Ancelotti's determination that no-one will be leaving Real Madrid, Spanish TV's La Sexta Jugones has now suggested that Coentrao could leave in January
Possible suitors for the player include Chelsea and Manchester United. Manchester United manager David Moyes has been linked with the player, and failure to bring in Everton defender Leighton Baines could persuade the Scot to go in for Coentrao
Chelsea's Mourinho, on the other hand, could be tempted to bring in the Portuguese player as he looks to find a long-term replacement for out-of-favour leftback Ashley Cole, who looks likely to leave once his contract is up in this summer.
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