Fábio Coentrão, the former Real Madrid player is set to return to play professional football after a break of 513 days. The left-back is set to join a Portuguese side.
Fábio Coentrão to join Rio Ave
Fábio Coentrão will undergo the medical at Vila do Conde ahead of the official by the club.
The Portuguese international has previously played for Benfica, Sporting, Nacional, Zaragoza and Monaco. He last played for Rio Ave in the 3-2 defeat against Benfica. After his departure from the Portuguese club, he was heavily linked with the Brazilian side, Flamengo by Jorge Jesus.
He is making his return to the Arcos after the 2018/19 season, in which he played 23 matches and provided five assists to the team.
In the past, the player has also described himself as a retired football player. Fábio Coentrão rose to prominence while playing for Rio Ave. On the club, he said, “If there is a club that I love since I was born, that is the Rio Ave.”
The different spells of Fábio Coentrão
Fábio Coentrão joined Rio Ave aged sixteen in 2004. He became a first-choice for his team in 2006/07 season. Across three seasons he wore the Rio Ave outfit 32 times and netting five goals.
The Portuguese defender emerged as the Breakthrough Player of the Year, drawing interest from Portuguese giants, SL Benfica. There he won the Primeira Liga title and two Taça da Liga.
In 2011, the player joined the La Liga side, Real Madrid and penned down a six-year contract worth €30 million. He made 106 appearances for the Spanish giants.
With the club, he has won two La Liga titles and UEFA Champions League titles each. He also has Supercopa de España, Copa del Rey and FIFA Club World Cup.
Following his stint at Real Madrid, he joined his boyhood club, Rio Ave and played for one year. But after receiving 11 yellow cards and two red cards. Unable to find a new destination to play in 2019/20 season he announced his retirement earlier this year.
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