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Real Madrid players greeted Isco ahead of game with Sevilla

Ryan Sidle

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Real Madrid players greeted Isco ahead of game with Sevilla

Isco may have left Real Madrid in the summer but his former teammates were certainly happy to see the midfielder on the weekend.

The 30-year-old has had a weird career, seeing as he is a five times Champions League winner but has never really lived up to his full potential.

After nine years, 353 appearances and 20 trophies for Los Blancos, he left the club after being part of the squad that became European champions in the summer, aime a dig at Kylian Mbappe after the win over Liverpool.

With his contract up, the former Malaga man moved on a free to Sevilla, where he's already started eight games in La Liga at the start of the campaign, and also played in the Champions League.

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On Saturday night, Isco made his first return to the Bernabeu since leaving, as Sevilla headed to the capital to face the Spanish champions.

It ended up being a relatively easy win in the end for Carlo Ancelotti's side, after Federico Valverde's brilliant late strike gave them a 3-1 lead.

However, before the game things were far friendlier, with all of the Spaniard's former teammates greeting him like they were seeing an old friend for the first time in ages.

It wasn't just the players that Isco used to play alongside that gave him an embrace and a chat, but also manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Even last week, the Italian was full of praise for his former player, who he managed during two spells during his time at the Bernabeu.

During his pre match press conference, the former AC Milan manager said, "Isco back at the Bernabéu tomorrow? I’m happy to see him again and meet him. He’s been a great player for Real Madrid."

The former Malaga man definitely had his best days with Los Blancos under the Italian, nearly joining him at Bayern Munich at one point.

Things worked out less well at the club for the midfielder during Zinedine Zidane's time in the dugout, even if Isco did win three of his Champions League medals at that time.

Isco won the Champions League five times. Image: Alamy
Isco won the Champions League five times. Image: Alamy

Luka Modric gave the champions the lead at home on Saturday, after just five minutes, as they looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

However they struggled to extend their lead and former Tottenham Hotspur man Erik Lamela got the equaliser after the break for the visitors.

As the game looked like it might have been heading for a draw, Lucas Vazquez helped Ancelotti's side retake the lead, with just 11 minutes to go.

Just two minutes later, Valverde continued his ridiculous goal scoring season, which has already seen him double his previous highest scoring campaign.

Isco didn't quite get the dream return to the Bernabeu, but he's had plenty of good nights there in fairness.

Featured Image Credit: La Liga TV

Topics: Sevilla, Real Madrid, La Liga, Isco

Ryan Sidle
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