Reports from Spain on Saturday suggested that Fabio Coentrao was set to be offered a new deal at Real Madrid. And yet there is a possible twist to the story that has not had much coverage, but perhaps should have.
The initial report came from Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, which claimed that Real manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted to offer the Portuguese left-back a new deal despite him playing second-fiddle to Marcelo for much of the season.
And yet the Sunday People has picked up on the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have played a significant role in persuading his club to offer Coentrao a new contract.
The Portuguese defender was close to a move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day last summer, only to see the loan switch fall through at the last moment. But that did not stop the English side being linked with Coentrao again, with some reports suggesting he would head to Old Trafford last January and others claiming he would replace Patrice Evra this summer.
While Luke Shaw is now widely tipped to be United’s next left-back, David Moyes’ departure and the uncertainty over a replacement has reportedly put that deal in some doubt. But if United were in any way still keen on Coentrao, it seems their former player could have scuppered the deal.
The People claims Ronaldo – along with Ancelotti – has sung Coentrao’s praises to Real president Florentino Perez, to such an extent that a new deal is now in the pipe-line.
So could a former United star have prevented his old club from getting their hands on another Portuguese international? Quite possibly; although if United do manage to push through a deal for Shaw their fans may not be losing any sleep over it.