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Coentrao wants out of Real

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed defender Fabio Coentrao has asked for a transfer.

Last Updated: 17/08/13 at 17:06 Post Comment

Fabio Coentrao: Has requested a transfer

Fabio Coentrao: Has requested a transfer

Portugal left-back Coentrao was left out of Ancelotti's squad for their La Liga opener against Real Betis on Sunday, with the Italian boss revealing 'he has asked to leave'.

Coentrao has been linked with a number of Premier League teams, although he has indicated a desire to play in the Champions League, which could make life tougher for Tottenham to sign one of their targets.

Madrid paid more than £25m for the 25-year-old when he joined from Benfica in the summer of 2011 but Spurs are believed not to be willing to go above £17m to bring him to England.

Their interest in Coentrao comes at a time when talk continues over Gareth Bale, who has been a Madrid target for most of the summer.

Ancelotti said he was happy with his squad heading into the season-opener but admitted Bale would be a welcome addition as 'great players always bring things to a team'.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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