Manchester City and Chelsea To Tussle It Out For Wantaway Real Madrid Man
Marca are running a story today that Real Madrid midfielder Isco wants to leave the club and already has a couple of potential suitors.
Like his teammate James Rodriguez, Isco has struggled for game-time this season and has been restricted to just 1,356 minutes of action in 24 appearances in all competitions. He played a key role in the 2-0 win over Espanyol at the weekend and notched two assists in what was his first full game for four months.
Following on from the game, the 24-year old spoke with BeIN Sports and said that a decision on his future will be made between now and the end of the season.
"I am calm with my future but I am worried about having minutes.
"A player's career is short, so by the end of the season I will make a decision because it is my future that is at stake."
That decision may already be coming about according to reports, as Isco is set to turn down a new contract from Los Blancos. It's down to a combination of not getting the playing time he wants as well as a financial factor - apparently the offer from Real is less than Isco's demands of 8-10 million euros per year.
Real Madrid hope to resolve the situation by the time the end of the season comes around, but clubs will be waiting in the wings if things do not change.
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Manchester City's interest in the player has been well-documented over the past few seasons. Isco looked nailed-on to sign with City when Manuel Pellegrini took over in 2013, but he ended up joining Real after speaking to Zinedine Zidane - who coincidentally could also be the reason that Isco leaves the club.
Even with a change of management, City remain keen on Isco - who fits the profile of what Pep Guardiola wants in an attacking player. Guardiola and chief executive Txiki Begiristain are big fans.
Chelsea are also keeping tabs, with Marca saying that they have been in touch with a lawyer from Valencia who has links with Isco, about the possibility of him joining a team who look good value for the Premier League title under Antonio Conte.
Further interest comes from the likes of Juventus, while there has been talk of an unlikely and shocking move to Barcelona. Spurs, Manchester United and AC Milan are among the clubs to have been linked with Isco in the past.