The Under-21 star does look set to join Real Madrid but a gem from his past has been uncovered which means Manchester City may have another chance to buy the player, sooner than they may anticipate.
Isco revealed in a 2009 interview when he was playing for Valencia that he had ‘antimadridista’ tendencies, which effectively means he harbours something deep down inside him which is very anti-madrid.
“I'd say I'm a bit antimadridista although I do not know where my future will be, but it's a team that I never liked,” said Isco.
It’s significant considering what has just happened to new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at the same club.
Mourinho looked set to leave from very early on during his career with Real Madrid because he challenged several key figures close to the club, the ‘home grown boys’ who define Real Madrid.
That wedge that he drove between himself and the people who embody Madrid is something, which ultimately caused him to end up miserable with the club, paving a move back to England.
The same sort of thing could happen with Isco and it may be even worse for him because he’s still a very young and talented individual.
Older and more experienced professionals tend to have much tougher skin but all you have to do is look at how miserable Mourinho seemed towards the end of his career in Spain to understand how depressing that sort of negativity can be.
Isco won’t be helped by the Spanish press with pro-Madrid papers like Marca waiting for him to make a mistake after these revelations.
If these sorts of media sources have an issue with a player, they can prolong that issue, using it as an excuse to get after a player, whipping up negativity and drawing him a whole lot of negative attention.
It would suggest that in light of Isco’s antimadridista comments, those sources will now be looking for the smallest excuse to start making him pay for those words four years ago.
It’s going to be a wait for City but it’s a wait which should be worth it because Mourinho’s example suggests it’s a matter of time until Isco is forced out of the club.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo has had issues with the deep Madrid supporters at the club and is still being tipped to leave rather than signing another long term deal to keep him in Spain.
What do you make of Isco’s comments? When do you think City can get their hands on him?
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