The youngster has been increasingly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco’s position at the Bernabeu just shifted from ‘uncertain’ to ‘untenable’, as the Spanish playmaker sarcastically responded to boss Carlo Ancelotti’s pledge to play him.
When asked about the limited playing time that the former Malaga player had received, Ancelotti told Marca:
“He deserves to play every game for the quality and professionalism he has, but he understands he is in Madrid.”
Isco responded today, with Marca quoting him as saying to Radio COPE “Let’s see if he meant it and plays me.”
This reaction is likely to put both Arsenal and Liverpool on edge as both vie to sign the playmaker in January. Both have been repeatedly linked with the unsettled Spain international, and the growing evidence of tension in Madrid will only make a bid more likely.
Isco has largely been phased out of the team in favour of James Rodriguez, World Cup star and Florentino Perez’s new toy. A player of his talent has every right to feel hard done by sitting on the bench, especially if his professionalism has been as good as Ancelotti has suggested. It is a shame to see such talent wasted on the training field, and even fans of other clubs will be keen to see the wonderfully talented trequartista make a move to get some minutes.
Isco has started only two league matches this season, yet managed to pick up three assists in that time. If he does force a move from Madrid, there will be no shortage of suitors.