Fabio Coentrao will play the next season on loan at Sporting Portugal. The Portuguese defender has contract until 2019, so he will have to go back to Madrid and end his deal with Los Blancos after the season in Portugal. Coentrao went to Lisbon some days ago to pass the medical tests with the club and now both clubs have made the official announcement.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Sporting Clube de Portugal have agreed the loan of the player Fábio Coentrão until 30 June 2018”, published Real Madrid in their website. According to O Jogo, Real Madrid will pay the 90% of his salary, but at least the clubs removes a potential problem in the squad.
With the arrival of Theo Hernández to Bernabéu, Coentrao wasn’t need it because Zidane has already two left-backs in the squad. Besides, the Portuguese was the worse player last season and he didn’t play many minutes, apart from Copa del Rey or the Champions League game against Sporting Portugal, where he committed a foolish penalty. He only played 6 games during the season. You can read here his performance in the season 2016/17.
This will be the second loan for Fabio Coentrao, who left also Real Madrid in 2015/16 to go to Mónaco. The loan wasn’t successful then, because the Portuguese didn’t play a lot, he got injured and he missed the Euro, where his national team won the cup.
Muito feliz por ter a oportunidade de jogar neste grande clube pic.twitter.com/pLjty4mc8k
— Fabio Coentrao (@Fabio_Coentrao) July 5, 2017
“Very happy for having the opportunity of playing in this great club”, Fabio Coentrao said on Twitter. In his early days, Coentrao played with Benfica, Sporting Portugal rival. Actually Real Madrid paid around €30M to sign the defender from Benfica, but he struggled to convince Real Madrid supporters about his quality.