Reports from Spain today have claimed that Real Madrid are set to offer Fabio Coentrao a new contract; which begs the question: why?
Under different circumstances, the 26-year-old left-back could have spent this season on loan at Manchester United. But like much of the club’s summer transfer business, things did not work out as planned.
Instead Coentrao spent another campaign at the Bernabeu, where he proceeded to make just 17 appearances to date, and just eight in La Liga.
An injury earlier in the campaign saw him side-lined, but even when not injured, he has spent a large proportion of the season on the bench. So why on earth would he agree a new contract as is being reported in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial?
Marcelo remains very much the first-choice left-back at Real, and at 25, and with a contract of his own until 2015, there is no reason to suggest Coentrao is suddenly going to usurp him.
There were suggestions of such earlier this season, with Carlo Ancelotti reportedly having doubts about the Brazilian’s mentality. And yet whenever he is fit he is invariably back in the starting line-up.
Coentrao’s current deal runs until 2017, so there really is no reason for him to sign a new one unless Real are suddenly going to do an about-turn and play him week-in-week-out.
That could happen, but Coentrao has been out-of-favour for so long that the latest report makes little sense.
If Ancelotti really rated him above Marcelo, would we have not seen suggestions of that in his team selection by now?
United may have missed the boat with Coentrao, but it will still be a surprise if he remains in Madrid beyond the summer.