Real Madrid Has told the club he may leave in January, as MARCA reported
Isco charla con Zidane al descanso de un partido en Valdebebas.
Isco is looking to leave Real Madrid. The Malaga-born playmaker, who has repeatedly said in previous transfer windows that he doesn’t want to leave the club, has now changed his mind.
As MARCA reported on Friday night, for the first time he is open to listening to offers this winter. His decision is respected by Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid, both understanding his position. There are a number of reasons for his change of heart and they’re discussed below.
After more than seven years and with 16 titles at the club, Isco believes that it’s time to make a move. Although he had been an important player under Carlo Ancelotti and in Zidane’s first spell at the club, he has fallen down the pecking order since the Frenchman departed in 2018. Isco renewed his contract in 2017 to run until 2022 and now he wants to leave before entering the final year of his deal.
Isco hasn’t played in the Champions League this season, nor is he a regular in LaLiga Santander. He has started just three times in 2020/21 – once coming off at half time, once in the 57th minute and, at Mestalla, in the 83rd.
He didn’t feature in El Clasico either, showing that he has fallen away from the first-team plans and it’s clear that Zidane doesn’t have the same faith in him. Furthermore, Isco was caught on camera at El Clasico commenting on the coach’s use of him with his teammates. Martin Odegaard’s arrival was seen as increased competition for Isco, and the Norwegian looks to have overtaken him at Valdebebas.
Julen Lopetegui used him as a point of reference in the team, both with Real Madrid and Spain, as did Luis Enrique with the national team months later. Isco had confidence at the beginning of 2018/19, but everything went wrong once Santiago Solari took charge at Real Madrid.
He ended last season with three goals in 30 games, playing a role that he wasn’t happy with. From being a starter in the Cardiff and Kiev Champions League finals and being vital in Lisbon and Milan, Isco’s ability isn’t shown by his current position at Real Madrid. He’s a player who can be decisive, but that doesn’t look like happening again at Real Madrid.
Isco was one of the stars in Luis Enrique’s first Spain side. Now, though, he’s almost forgotten in the national team.
He knows that staying at Real Madrid will rule him out of the European Championship, so by changing teams in January he hopes to fight for his place in the squad, even if there is only one set of international fixtures before next summer’s scheduled tournament. Having only played at one international tournament to date – the 2018 World Cup – he’s desperate to make it.
Isco renewed in 2017 and is still under that agreement. He didn’t want to leave the club at the end of his last deal to join Barcelona, despite Josep Maria Bartomeu’s plans.
It makes sense for the player to leave now, before this deal runs out in 2022 and it would allow him to sign the fifth big contract of his career, adding to those secured at Valencia, Malaga and then Real Madrid.