Fabio Coentrao 'honoured' by reported Manchester United interest

Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria

Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao has hinted that he would like to play for Manchester United.

There's a long history to the interest by Manchester United, in adding Portugal and Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao to their ranks.

At the end of August 2013, the Red Devils were literally a matter of minutes away from signing the player, amidst what at the time was a complicated operation. Real Madrid already had their replacement lined up, with then Granada left-back Siqueira having agreed terms.

An administrative error at the final moment prevented Coentrao moving to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day, which in turn, led to Real Madrid pulling out of the deal for Siqueira, who joined Benfica on loan for the season instead. He's since moved on to Atletico Madrid.

The summer transfer window is fast approaching and Real Madrid are already in the market for alternative options, who can compete with Marcelo at left-back. Therefore the future of Coentrao is once again in doubt at the Santiago Bernabéu, with Manchester United possibly returning to the scene.

Speaking with Portuguese outlet, O Jogo, the 27-year-old acknowledged that if the opportunity presents itself again this summer, he'll have no hesitations in moving to Old Trafford, explaining: "I've already shown an interest in playing there. They're one of the best clubs in the world, a club I really admire. It would be an honour for me to play there."

There's also interest from one of his former clubs though, Benfica, who are said to be monitoring the situation. Regarding a possible return there, Coentrao wouldn't rule out the possibility, acknowledging: "Everyone knows Benfica is my home. I love Benfica and have a special affinity for the club."

Coentrao did however point out that even with the interest of both Manchester United and Benfica: "I've still got four more years on my contract with Real Madrid."

The immediate priority for the Portuguese international, who shone recently in their match against Serbia, scoring the decisive goal, is to transfer that form for his country, into opportunities with his current club, highlighting: "I hope I can get some more minutes at Real Madrid and for the manager to have confidence in me, something which hasn't happened so far."

Indeed, it's been another season of frustration for Coentrao. Although he featured in high-profile games such as the UEFA Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup, aside from those three games, he's only played once in the Copa del Rey, three times in the Champions League and just seven times in La Liga, starting only three times in the latter.

That lack of protagonism, Marcelo seemingly having a firm lock on starting at left-back, plus Real Madrid keenly looking for an alternative option that isn't Coentrao, could lead him to more than just admiring Manchester United from afar, but actually signing for them this summer.

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