Echoes of Juan Mata - Why Mourinho will never move to sign Real Madrid star

Isco

There's a very good signing the rumours of a Chelsea move for Isco are never going to happen.

There have been recent rumblings suggesting Jose Mourinho could go back to former side Real Madrid and try to sign 21-year-old creative midfielder Isco.

The Spanish star has played 22 games for in La Liga for Real Madrid this season but six appearances have come from the bench as he’s predominantly been forced into the shadow of former Tottenham player Luka Modric.

The circumstances in going for him are seemingly perfect; underused and a player filled with ambition.

However, a critical report on the website of Spanish newspaper Marca suggests Isco is definitely not the sort of player that Jose Mourinho is keen on.

“The game against Schalke saw Isco playing for the second consecutive game as a hypothetical playmaker, or a classic number '10', and for a second time, he showed that he struggles excessively in that position, especially when it comes to his defensive duties,” writes Enrique Ortego.

“His problem, and therefore his team's, comes about when a move breaks down or Real loses possession. Then the Spaniard struggles to track back. He isn't quick enough, and that is when the team loses its shape and leaves only two players in midfield. With Isco playing in that position, the system is closer to a 4-2-4 than a 4-3-3.”

Sound familiar? It should do if you followed Juan Mata’s Chelsea career closely this season before he was sold to Manchester United.

The reason Mata was seemingly underused by Mourinho, leading to his sale, is because he didn’t do enough defensively in midfield.

Mata is one of the best number tens in Europe but he found himself out of the side because Mourinho challenged him to do more with his performances and the Spaniard couldn’t respond.

Mourinho would ask the same questions of Isco, a perfectly capable playmaker in an attacking sense (seven goals and four assists) in the league but someone who struggles when he’s not on the front foot attacking.

Considering Real Madrid have only just sign Isco from Malaga and put him on a contract to 2018, it would take an almighty struggle to get him away from the Bernabeu and into the building at Stamford Bridge.

When he’d face the same sort of challenges and problems as Mata did at Chelsea, it seems a bizarre transfer for a manager as experienced and as clever as Mourinho to go for.

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