Defender Fabio Coentrao wants to leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s new coach Carlo Ancelotti says defender Fabio

Coentrao has asked for a transfer.

Ancelotti says that he left Coentrao off his squad for Sunday’s

Spanish league opener against Real Betis because the Portugal

international ”has asked to leave.”

Madrid paid (euro) 30 million (then $43 million) in 2011 to

acquire Coentrao from Benfica.

Ancelotti says that he is happy with his squad but that

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale would be a welcome addition since

”great players always bring things to a team.”

Ancelotti will make his official debut for Madrid against Betis.

The Italian manager says he wants his team to break with the

counterattacking style of predecessor Jose Mourinho and look to

control the ball.