Fabio Coentrao joins Monaco on loan

Fabio Coentrao joins Monaco on loan


Real Madrid and Monaco have confirmed Fabio Coentrao has completed a switch to the Ligue 1 side for the 2015-16 on a loan basis.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu for some time now with the likes of Inter Milan and Chelsea having been rumoured to be interested in him.

The Portugal international joined Los Blancos from Benfica in 2011 in a 30 million euro move and established himself as an important player under Jose Mourinho. He helped the side win La Liga in his first full season in the Spanish capital.

Coentrao also played an important role in the 2013-14 season and featured for an hour in the Champions League final when Real beat city rivals Atletico de Madrid to lift La Decima in Lisbon.

Since then though, the left back has found life tough at Los Merengues and has fallen behind Marcelo in the pecking order. He featured just 17 times for the club last season and a move away will hopefully allow him to rebuild his confidence and re-launch his career.

Monaco have started the season in somewhat slow fashion drawing two and winning one of their opening three games. They were also knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage by Valencia this week.