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Coentrao insists failed Old Trafford move was good as United are smaller than Madrid

by Sam Peoples

Fabio Coentrao has insisted that a failed move to Manchester United was not a bad thing for him because Real Madrid is a bigger club.

The 25-year-old looked set to move to Old Trafford on a loan deal after a late move by David Moyes but the Spanish club pulled out of the deal at the last minute meaning that his proposed deal collapsed.

He has now suggested in an interview with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo that although a deal was close to materialising, it worked out for the best that it didn’t.

“There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that’s what matters,” he said.

“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.”

Coentrao was set to join United but Real Madrid’s failure to secure Guilherme Siqueira, who joined Benfica, meant that the Portuguese left-back wasn’t allowed to leave Spain.

He may insist that he is happy the move fell through but now that he is going to be a Madrid player until at least January, he was never likely to say anything to the contrary.

Like Ander Herrera, there is no reason why Moyes cannot reignite his interest in Coentrao in the January transfer window should he still want to sign him and despite his claims, Coentrao would likely be interested in the move just like he was before it failed to materialise.

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