Monaco have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao on a one-year loan deal.

The 27-year-old will become the club’s first choice left-back, with Layvin Kurzawa set to depart for domestic rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

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Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev said: “Coentrao arrives tonight in the form of a loan deal.

“Kurzawa wanted to go to PSG and we have been paid a very large amount. But we have found an alternative.”

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The Portugal international suffered an injury-hit 2014-15 campaign, which saw him make just nine Primera Division appearances for Madrid.

A statement on the Liga club’s official website added: “Real Madrid and Monaco have agreed to the transfer of player Fabio Coentrao until June 2016.”

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Coentrao joined Madrid from Benfica in 2011 but has been forced to play second fiddle to Marcelo for much of his time at the Bernabeu.


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