Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao has said his failed deadline day move to Manchester United would have been a step down for him.
The Portuguese international was close to a season-long loan move to Old Trafford, but when Real’s attempts to sign Guillerme Siqueira failed, the pulling the plug on Coentrao’s switch.
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the defender, who was signed by Los Blancos for 30 million euros, said he was pleased to still be at the club.
“There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that’s what matters,” he stated.
He added that he was happy to remain and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu as he feels he is “at the best club in the world” so a move away would be a step down.
“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,” he added.