Fabio Coentrao posts training pictures amid reports of going AWOL from Real Madrid

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Fabio Coentrao has responded to claims he had gone AWOL from Real Madrid training by posting pictures of himself at the club’s training ground on his Twitter page.

Spanish publication AS had published an article earlier on Wednesday questioning the defender’s whereabouts, while other reports claimed the 30-year-old has not trained with Real all summer after returning from a one-year loan spell at Sporting Lisbon, despite having one year remaining on his seven-year contract.

Coentrao responded by posting pictures of himself working out at Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground on his Twitter and Instagram page, which had remained inactive for more than 60 days.

Up to this point, the Portuguese player had not been seen at Valdebebas, together with the rest of the squad.

Two photos posted on his social media accounts showed him training alone with fitness coach Javier Mallo, accompanied with a message taking aim at the earlier media reports: “Training session, ✓; Real Madrid, ✓; Press, X”.

It remains to be seen if Coentrao will form part of Julen Lopetegui’s plans this season.

Diario AS say he had not been seen in the last 62 days since appearing for Sporting in their Portuguese Cup final against Aves and had been inactive on social media.

Reports suggest he has been training with a personal trainer. Another report summarised his total cost to Los Blancos which has been a whopping €55m (€30m transfer fee, €25m in wages).

Coentrao originally joined Madrid in 2011 but has made only 43 La Liga starts for the European champions.

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Hola and welcome to today’s live Real Madrid blog. Aditya Devavrat and the rest of the Sport360 team are here with all the latest news from the Santiago Bernabeu, including any potential transfer updates ahead of next week’s deadline.

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Former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is under increasing scrutiny at Manchester United after the team’s 3-2 loss to Brighton this weekend, but it seems another former Los Blancos manager won’t be turning up at Old Trafford anytime soon.

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Martin Odegaard featured during Real's pre-season tour stateside.

Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard will be back in the Dutch league this season after reportedly agreeing a loan deal with Vitesse Arnhem.

According to Marca, Dutch media are reporting that the deal has been finalised, giving the 19-year-old a return to the Netherlands after he spent last season at Heerenveen.

The moves to the Eredivisie offers Odegaard regular playing time in a league that suits his style of play.

Last season, Odegaard made 43 appearances for Heerenveen, scoring four goals, and Madrid will hope that another loan spell will help bring along his development even further.

The Norwegian has made only one appearance for Los Blancos’ senior team, though he became a regular for Real Madrid Castilla before the club decided loan moves would be better for the much-hyped youngster.

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