I was the ugly duckling at Madrid – Coentrao

The left-back, who is on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco, feels he has been unfairly treated by the media in the Spanish capital

Fabio Coentrao says he was made a scapegoat throughout his time at Real Madrid , claiming he was the “ugly duckling” in the eyes of the Spanish press.

Coentrao is on a season-long loan at Monaco, having made just nine league appearances for the Spanish side last term, and the left-back is enjoying his spell in Ligue 1.

In an interview with Marca , the 27-year-old was asked whether he was treated unfairly by the Spanish press in Madrid, to which he replied: “Yes, I think they were unfair to me. I feel as though they never gave me the benefit of the doubt.

“If I had a bad game, they attacked me immediately. If I played well, they gave it very little recognition.

“Even today, I still ask myself why I was the media’s ugly duckling.”

The Portugal international has been an important player so far at Monaco, having played six games in all competitions since his move.

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