Coentrao: Playing for Manchester United would be an honour

The Portugal international has been repeatedly linked with the 20-time English champions but he wants Carlo Ancelotti to show him more faith at the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has admitted it would be an honour to play for Manchester United amid reported interest from the Red Devils.

The left-back has been linked with the Old Trafford outfit for a number of years, with the 20-time English champions enquiring about his services in January 2014.

And the 27-year-old, a close friend of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid, has revealed he has admired the club for some time and would be keen to join them should United look to sign him.

“It’s [Manchester United] one of the best clubs in the world, a club I admire greatly. It would be an honour to play there,” he told O Jogo.

The Portugal international also commented on the prospect of a return to Benfica, though he was keen to stress he still has four years left on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and has urged coach Carlo Ancelotti to show more faith in his abilities.

“Everyone knows that Benfica is my home and I love Benfica. I have a special affection for the club but I still have four years left on my contract with Real Madrid.

“I hope to have more minutes at Real Madrid, though the coach needs to trust me more, something that has not happened so far.”

Coentrao, who scored Portugal’s winning goal in the Euro 2016 qualifier over Serbia at the weekend, has made 14 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season.

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