A " visual surf" through the local Spanish Football Sports press this morning brings out this story that originally hit the headlines last Friday & today gets a more detailed analysis. According to Portugues Sports paper "Record" BENFICA defender COENTRAO had a heavy verbal debate with his Coach & stormed off the training session last Thursday. This has been interpreted as an act of "rebellion" by the player who is frustrated because his desire to be transferred to REAL MADRID has gone into "stalemate" mode this pass week.
Real Madrid offers 15M€ plus a player, while Benfica wishes 30M€, here is the obstacle & Coentrao is nervous & unsettled as he sees time go by & both Clubs unable to soften postures.
However, news from Spanish Football Sports paper "AS" adds light today claiming that another important factor explains the players "aggressive" attitude in that it appears that Benfica has accepted the CHELSEA FC offer which does puts the 30M€ as asked by the Club. New Chelsea Coach Villa- Boas wishes to incorporate Coentrao in his future plans, but the player has only eyes for Real Madrid, thus Benfica & Chelsea cannot shut the operation.
The players strategy is to force Benfica into accepting the Real Madrid offer, & he has until the 31st of August to keep turning the screws. Stay tuned.
Staying with CHELSEA FC, Spanish Football Sports paper "Marca" publish today that REAL MADRID defender PEPE is on the list of new Chelsea Coach Villa-Boas. According to the paper the English Club will be prepared to offer Pepe a 5 year contract earning 5M€ per season.
Beforehand, one suspects that it will be very difficult to get Pepe over to London. What I suspect is that Chelsea is "fishing" with the "over-booking" situation of defenders at Real Madrid & that the Spanish Club may consider the English option if the offer is sufficiently attractive money wise. Plus it is reported ( although I cannot confirm) that Pepe came to an agreement to renew his contract with Real Madrid this season but has yet to sign the official document, thus leaving a door open.
Although as mentioned, looks more a thought from Chelsea´s part than reality. Plus I don´t discard a players agent manoeuvre to "pressure" a bit more Real Madrid. Said all this, anything is possible in Football. Stay tuned.