Chelsea and Man City target 'now seen as backup' at Real Madrid

There may be a shred of hope for Chelsea and Manchester City if they're still interested in Spanish star Isco.

Real Madrid star Isco is playing ‘second fiddle’ at the Spanish club according to pro-Madrid website Marca.

The 21-year-old midfielder only made a move to the Spanish giants last summer in a €25 million transfer from Malaga. His initial impact has been impressive; eight goals and six assists in all competitions this season.

He found himself with the opportunity to replace the outgoing Mesut Ozil, with the German moving to Arsenal but he’s slowly declined in the Real Madrid first team as key players have come back from injury.

“Isco has still not made it into Ancelotti's game plan, well not as a starter anyway. The player from Malaga, who was signed this summer for €25 million, is not playing such an important role as it was thought he would when Özil left for Arsenal,” reads part of the report on Marca’s website.

Whether Isco’s current role at Real Madrid will allow either Chelsea or Manchester City to have another go at signing him this summer remains to be seen.

He knew it was going to be difficult at Real Madrid when he signed a five-year contract with the club but Luke Modric has settled into the creative role in Real Madrid’s midfield perfectly.

He is well protected by the likes of Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso and with such huge pressure constantly on the shoulders of Carlo Ancelotti, he’s unlikely to change a successful formula now that Real Madrid are joint top of the La Liga table.

“Isco had to drop into a deeper central midfield position, where he was noticeably less efficient. From then on his playing time has seen a significant drop. Having begun his time with Madrid as a certain starter, he's now seen as backup,” adds the report.

He’s a top level, top quality player so he will get further chances but can he resist regular football if Chelsea or Manchester City dangle a carrot this summer?

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