The Portuguese left-back will join his club in their pre-season activities and did not comment on Real Madrid’s interest in him

Real Madrid target Fabio Coentrao has indicated he will play for Benfica if his transfer to the Spanish club does not come to fruition.

The Portugal international has been the subject of criticism from Benfica’s fans after publicly voicing his wish for a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

Benfica will start preparing for the next season on 27 June, and reports in the country have suggested that Coentrao will not join up with the rest of the squad on that day.

However, Coentrao has declared he will report for duty and was extremely coy when questioned about a potential transfer to Real Madrid.

“I’m a player of Benfica. I have a contract until 2016 and, if God wants, I will join the team on the 27th,” he told the Portuguese press.

“I have always said I love Benfica. If someday I leave, I hope it will be a good deal for me and the club, but I will always think about returning.”