Defender undeterred by United move collapse
Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao says he has no regrets regarding the collapse of his prospective loan move to Manchester United.
The 25-year-old left back, whose time at the Bernabeu has been rather hit-and-miss, has stated that he’s happy to remain at Madrid and fight for a first team spot this season.
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The Portugal international claims his relaxed attitude to his failed move to the Premier League champions stems from his belief that Los Blancos are the biggest club in world football.
The Portuguese full-back said, as reported by the Daily Mail: “There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that’s what matters.
“It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club, but that didn’t happen as I already am at the best club in the world.
“I want to do better than I did last season, although I was at a very high level already. I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid.”
Despite the 25-year-old’s admirable loyalty to his current club, Coentrao’s uncertain role at the Bernabeu could surely result in his departure in the near future, regardless.
If that is the case and United make another approach for the Portugal international, his aforementioned comments may cause difficulties for the defender in endearing himself to the fans, should he join the Reds.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, had a difficult time in the summer transfer window, failing to bring in the calibre of players (Marouane Fellaini aside) that their expectant fans desired.
Left-back Coentrao’s acquisition would have been an important one, as new manager David Moyes looks to stamp his authority on the Manchester club, which is still almost entirely Sir Alex Ferguson’s team of recent years.
However, current first choice full-back Patrice Evra still appears to be a top player, notwithstanding his age (32) and young defender Alex Buttner has also displayed some talent during his brief United career.
Moreover, with top quality players such as Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic, as well as the resurgence of the dynamic Wayne Rooney, Red Devils fans need to be patient as Moyes attempts to continue United’s incredible success of the last 26 years.