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Fabio Coentrao takes pay cut to leave Real Madrid: 'I don't mind dying poor'

Fabio Coentrao during the first leg of Sporting Lisbon's Europa League quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid.
Fabio Coentrao was loaned to Sporting Lisbon last season and has rejoined boyhood club Rio Ave.

Fabio Coentrao said the reason he agreed to cancel his contract at Real Madrid with a year left was because he wanted to be happy.

Coentrao signed for Madrid in 2011 after leaving Benfica, and after being sent on loan to Sporting Lisbon last season, he had hoped to be able to return on a permanent deal.

Instead, the left-back rejoined boyhood club Rio Ave on Friday ahead of the transfer deadline.

"I waited until the 31st for a call from [Sporting], to which I gave everything I had last year, and...

Fabio Coentrao back at Real Madrid training complex, hits out at report

Fabio Coentrao has responded to reports that he has not returned to Real Madrid since last season by posting a photo of himself training at the club's complex.

Spanish newspaper AS wrote the 30-year-old had not reported back to training after his loan spell and was training on his own with a personal trainer. The report says Coentrao had cost the club €55 million in total with the transfer fee, along with €25 million in wages.

Coentrao is not named in Real Madrid's squad for the coming...


Fabio Coentrao asks out of Portugal's World Cup squad after 'exhausting' season

An "exhausted" Fabio Coentrao has asked to be left out of Portugal's World Cup squad this summer.

Coentrao, who is on loan to Sporting Lisbon from Real Madrid, played in 43 matches over five different competitions this season

The 30-year-old left-back wrote on Instagram that he has informed Portugal boss Fernando Santos he did not believe he could meet the demands of a World Cup this year.

"In the last week, after a lot of thinking, I told the national team coach that, after a very exhausting season,...

Fabio Coentrao: I forgot how to play football at Real Madrid

Fabio Coentrao has made 24 starts in all competitions for Sporting Lisbon following a loan from Real Madrid.

Fabio Coentrao would like to remain at Sporting Lisbon beyond his current loan deal as he said he has regained his confidence following a difficult season at Real Madrid.

Under contract with Madrid until June 2019, Coentrao joined Sporting in the summer in the hope of relaunching his career.

"The truth is that I would like to stay at this club until the end of my career," Coentrao told Marca. "Things are going well. I'm very happy here but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I will respect their...

Real Madrid's sensible side shines through in loan return of Jesus Vallejo

Summer is the season with the least competitive football available, so the average fan has to make do with related, but indeed less exciting, pieces of entertainment. Signings are obviously one of them, and while some supporters salivate expecting the arrival of a big name, even if the player in question isn't really what the squad needs, others are happy simply with a loanee coming back to his club after a good formative period.

Examples of those extremes can be easily be found in Real Madrid's...

Fabio Coentrao completes loan move from Real Madrid to Sporting Lisbon

Fabio Coentrao joined Madrid from Sporting's rivals Benfica in 2011.

Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao has completed a loan move from Real Madrid to Sporting Lisbon.

Coentrao joined Madrid from Sporting's rivals Benfica for around €30 million in 2011, and has made 106 appearances for the Bernabeu outfit, picking up two La Liga winners medals and one Copa del Rey.

In recent seasons the now 29-year-old has rarely featured for Los Blancos, and had an up-and-down loan spell at Monaco in 2015-16, but now has a chance to get his career back on track in his home country.