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Real Madrid pull back as Chelsea push for Coentrao

Chelsea are moving ahead of Real Madrid in the battle for Benfica fullback Fabio Coentrao.

Coentrao is a top target for both clubs, with Chelsea accelerating their interest under the orders of new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

El Confidencial says Real are winding back their interest, with coach Jose Mourinho now going cold on signing Coentrao.

A new left-back is no longer a priority for Mourinho and Real are unlikely to raise their opening offer of €15 million for the wing-back.

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Chelsea transfer market news and gossip.

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