Real Madrid’s Coentrao puts Chelsea and Spurs on alert

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that defender Fabio Coentrao wants to leave the Bernabeu this summer, after leaving him out of his squad for the club’s La Liga opener against Real Betis on Sunday, the Daily Express has reported.

London clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both rumoured to be targeting the Portuguese left-back, who reportedly feels ‘unwanted’, after the departure of former manager Jose Mourinho, his compatriot having returned to manage the Blues in June.

Coentrao, 25, was a favourite of Mourinho after being brought to Real in the summer of 2011, making 63 appearances and scoring one goal. Mourinho is thought to be considering bringing him to Stamford Bridge as a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, while Tottenham are believed to be willing to pay up to £17m for Coentrao’s services.

Real initially gave Coentrao time to consider his future in the hope that he might change his mind and decide to remain at the club, but now it appears that the former Benfica star has reaffirmed his desire to move, with Ancelotti admitting that he has ‘asked to leave’.

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