29.05.2011 » Cristiano Ronaldo: "Fábio Coentrão is one of the best in the World"
Cristiano Ronaldo is probably one of the few players in Real Madrid who knows the true value of Benfica's Fábio Coentrão. There have been many rumors about several clubs being interested in signing the Portuguese left back, but Real Madrid is probably on the top of that list. CR7 affirmed to the Spanish newspaper "As", that his friend is one of the best players in the World.
Cristiano Ronaldo: "Fábio Coentrão is a versatile player, who can play in several different positions. He's one of those players that can be really useful to any team." CR7 and Fábio Coentrão have been spending the last training sessions always side by side, and that just reinforces the rumors that Real Madrid could actually be really close to seal the deal. Benfica is currently asking around 30 Million Euros (the release clause price) for the Portuguese left back, but Real Madrid is trying to pay a little less than that.
However, there are legit doubts about this deal really going forward, since Real Madrid already has one of the best left backs in the World, Marcelo. Even though Fábio Coentrão can play more upfront when needed, it wouldn't make much sense to have two of the best left backs competing for the same spot. But that's something we'll have to wait and see, since José Mourinho usually covers all the angles on these matters and now that Jorge Valdano is out, the Portuguese coach will be controlling every signing and exit in Real Madrid.
Watch some of Fábio Coentrão best moments while playing for Portugal, in the last World Cup 2010 played in South Africa:
Fábio Coentrão: "If there's any club I would leave Benfica for, that club is Real Madrid." That's one of the statements that usually indicates that there's something more than just rumors backing up the potential signing and Cristiano Ronaldo also publicly supported the transfer: "Everyone knows his qualities. He's simply one of the best in the World."
Cristiano Ronaldo has been training with the Portuguese National Team and will play in the match against Norway, in the 4th of June. You can watch Portugal vs Norway game livestreams here on this site.