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Real Madrid’s Coentrao hands in transfer request


Real Madrid’s Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao (R) vies with Atletico Madrid’s Colombian forward Radamel Falcao during the Spanish King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) final football match Real Madrid vs Atletico de Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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After being left out of Los Blancos’ season opener against Real Betis, left-back Fabio Coentrao has requested a transfer away from Real Madrid, confirmed manager Carlo Ancelotti.

“Coentrão has requested to leave, so he will not play tomorrow” said Ancelotti. “The rest of the players are happy to be here.”

The 25-year-old Portugese defender has featured in just 36 La Liga matches in his two seasons at Real Madrid following a €30 million ($40 million) move from Benfica.

Coentrao has been rumored to be a player offered by Madrid to Tottenham in exchange for Gareth Bale, but the defender has stated his desire to play for a team in the Champions League, which would make it difficult for Spurs to convince him to join.

The move would leave only Marcelo remaining in the left-back position for Real Madrid, with Alvaro Arbeloa often coming in temporarily from his natural position on the other side.