Coentrao: I feel more valued now at Real Madrid

The Portuguese full-back believes that he is reaping the benefits of backing from the coaches and supporters and targets a clean sweep of trophies this season for Los Blancos
Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao feels "more valued" by the club than he used to do and is eager to continue his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Portugal international joined Madrid from Benfica in 2011 but has faced a battle with Marcelo for first-team football over the past two years and has made just 26 league appearances in the last two seasons.

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The 26-year-old was close to joining Manchester United at the end of last summer's transfer window but has since re-established himself in Los Blancos' first-team plans under Carlo Ancelotti and started the Uefa Super Cup win on Tuesday.

And Coentrao believes that the extra backing from both the club and supporters has given him the confidence to continue his career in the Spanish capital as they aim for a possible six trophies this season.

"We played a good game and gave everything to win. The trophy is deserved," he told Marca after beating Sevilla 2-0.

"We're going to fight for all titles. Now the work for the other five begins. When Madrid play, they play to win.

"I'm in a better moment than when I arrived. I have the confidence of the fans and so it's easier.

"I hope to have continuity. This is my fourth year in Madrid, I'm enjoying it and I hope to continue. I feel I'm valued more."

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