Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has said he feels wanted by the club and is happy to stay in the Spanish capital.
The Portuguese left back seemed to be on the verge of leaving the Santiago Bernabeu 12 months ago, with former club Benfica and Premier League side Chelsea showing an interest. And it was reported that Coentrao broke down in tears on deadline day last year when a loan move to Manchester United collapsed at the 11th hour.
The 27-year-old then struggled to hold down a place in the side last season, playing second fiddle to Brazilian Marcelo. But having overcome a hamstring injury sustained in the World Cup, Coentrao has shown impressive form in pre-season.
He started the European Super Cup against Sevilla earlier this week, a match Los Blancos won 2-0 to secure their first piece of silverware for the season.
And speaking to sports paper Marca, Coentrao admitted he is happier now than in the past because he feels appreciated.
“We’re going to fight for all titles. Now the work for the other five begins. When Madrid play, they play to win. I’m in a better moment than when I arrived. I have the confidence of the fans and so it’s easier,” he said.
And he continued: “I hope to have continuity. This is my fourth year in Madrid, I’m enjoying it and I hope to continue. I feel I’m valued more.”