Tottenham to return for Coentrao as Villas-Boas begins January planning

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has resumed his interest in Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao ahead of a planned move in the January transfer window, the Daily Mail has reported.

Villas-Boas wanted to sign the Portugal international as part of the deal that took Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu but the transfer went ahead without Coentrao moving to White Hart Lane. But having struggled to win a regular place under Carlo Ancelotti, Coentrao could now be available, possibly on loan for the rest of the season.

Coentrao was also close to joining Manchester United on transfer deadline day until Madrid decided they wanted to keep the 25-year-old, who competes with Brazil international Marcelo but the left-back spot in the Spanish capital. However, Coentrao is expected to welcome the chance to play regularly ahead of the World Cup as he attempts to guarantee his place in the Portugal squad – should they get past Sweden in a play-off.

An injury to Danny Rose has limited Villas-Boas’ options at left-back with Jan Vertonghen, more naturally a central defender, currently stationed wide. Villas-Boas also allowed last season’s first-choice left-back, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, to leave the club in the summer, with the Cameroonian joining Queens Park Rangers on loan.

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