"Every player dreams of reaching the top and I am no exception. I am not belittling Benfica, who are a very good club, but Madrid are at a much higher level," he told Record.
The Spanish giants swooped for the Portuguese sensation in a 30-million Euro deal in the summer and Coentrao has slowly been eased into Jose Mourinho's first eleven, with the rampaging left-back having made 17 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
European powerhouses Chelsea and Bayern Munich were hot on the trails of Coentrao last season but the 23-year-old was adamant that he would have stayed put at the Stadium of Light unless Madrid came calling.
"The truth is that I had other concrete offers, as you all know," Coentrao revealed.
"Half of Europe was after me back then."
"But, as I also said, my desire was to stay at Benfica. Between all the clubs interested in me and Benfica, I always preferred to stay, but when Real made an offer everything changed."
"Joining Madrid was the right thing to do. I am realizing a dream, no doubt about it."