Fabio Coentrao: I want to stay at Monaco

Fabio Coentrao: I want to stay at Monaco


Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao says he wants to stay at Monaco amid talk his loan deal could be cut short.

The Portugal international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer after slipping down the pecking order and admits he is relishing life in Ligue 1 where he is playing more regularly.

With Los Blancos facing a transfer ban, reports had suggested new boss Zinedine Zidane wanted to recall Coentrao as he makes plans for his squad during the period they will not be able to register players.

But speaking at a news conference, 27-year-old Coentrao told reporters he was happy at Monaco and isn’t thinking of returning to the Spanish capital just yet.

He stated: “I came here to help Monaco achieve their goals and clinch second place in the table. I am very happy at Monaco and I am sure the club will be among the title candidates in the years to come. So I cannot see any reasons why I would not want to stay here.”

The defender did give his opinion on the managerial change at his parent club, and admitted he though Zidane is the perfect man for the job.

He commented: “Zidane knows the club. He’s the coach who Real Madrid really needed.”