Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao joins Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan

Real Madrid ​full-back Fabio Coentrao has joined Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan.

The 29-year-old joined Real from Sporting’s city rivals Benfica for £27m in 2011,winning both La Liga and the Champions League twice.

He was absent with a thigh injury as Portugal won Euro 2016 and was left out of last season’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus.

Coentrao played 106 games for Real and spent a season on loan at Monaco.

He is the second Real defender to leave the club this week after fellow Portuguese defender Pepe joined  Turkish champions Besiktason a free transfer.


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