Real Madrid playmaker Isco could be reportedly sold in the summer if Zinedine Zidane remains in charge at the Bernabeu. Zidane’s Real have massively underperformed this season and trail league leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona by an eye-watering 19 points.
With hopes of challenging for the title already done and dusted, the Frenchman will look to ensure that his side finishes in the top-4 to compete in the Champions League next season. It is believed that Zidane, if he stays beyond the current campaign, will offload some of his star players including Isco, with the club eyeing a massive overhaul in the summer, according to Spanish news outlet AS.
Should the Real manager decide to sell Isco, Tottenham Hotspur could be the ones to benefit as we are long-term admirers of the playmaker. The report adds that Zidane is particularly disappointed with the way the Spanish international has performed this season.
Since James Rodriguez departed the club for Bayern Munich on a two-year loan, Isco has underperformed at the Bernabeu, having contributed only 6 goals and 5 assists in 29 appearances this season.
Even if Real decide to sell Isco, it remains to be seen whether Spurs can afford the midfielder. Our club works on a tight financial budget and a player like Isco would cost a lot of money. And above all, there will be a lot of Europe’s elites waiting for the chance to pounce on the Real Madrid player, meaning we should not get too excited about the recent reports.
For all the speculation surrounding Isco, Zidane quashed all the rumours, slamming the El Chiringuito’s report in his pre-match press conference against Real Sociedad.
“I want Isco to spend all his career here. That will not change. He is a very good footballer, he has shown that and can always show that. So El Chiringuito’s report is a lie,” Zidane was quoted by Managing Madrid.
“Today you’re asking me about Isco, next day you’ll be asking me about Asensio and then about Ceballos. I trust and want all of them to stay.”
So reports linking Isco with an exit in the summer are all false as Zidane has rightfully put the rumours to bed. It even baffles me at times to even think that the Los Blancos would sell a talented player like Isco for just one season of underperformance.
As it stands- “Form is temporary and class is permanent.”