Isco discusses future amid continued Tottenham and Manchester United links; 18 months left on contract


There are few teams in world football who would not jump at the chance to sign the Real Madrid star.


Any chances of Real Madrid star Isco lighting up the Premier League from January onwards appear to have been dashed with the Spaniard claiming that he wants to extend his deal with the Champions of Europe, as reported by FourFourTwo.

The quick-footed playmaker has won back his starting place under Zinedine Zidane recently after falling out of favour at the Bernabau since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2015, starring in his preferred number 10 role in Sunday’s 3-0 win at neighbours Atletico.

That was only Isco’s sixth La Liga start of the season, but the former Malaga schemer sees no cause for concern at the Santiago Bernabau and says he wants to extend his current deal, which is due to expire in 2018.

"I still have one-and-a-half years left on my current contract," Isco said after Real’s fortunate 2-1 win away at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, as reported by FourFourTwo.

"But the club and I are both keen to renew. I hope we can sort something out. I am getting regular playing time now and I am happy to be able to help the team."

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Isco

Isco is yet to complete 90 minutes for Zidane in La Liga this season, with the emergence of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez casting doubt on his role in the starting line-up in recent months.

The Sun reported that Tottenham are very keen to make a move after missing out in the summer, especially with Christian Eriksen a shadow of the player that spearheaded their title charge last season and Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son and Moussa Sissoko struggling for consistency in recent weeks.

A Champions League exit for Mauricio Pochettino's side both indicate that someone like Isco would be a magnificent signing, and that the club have some distance to go to become an elite European outfit.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at half timeTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at half time against Monaco

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who brought Isco to Madrid while in charge at the Bernabau, reportedly the silky enganche as a potential answer to United’s creative problems.

The likes of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have endured much-publicised difficulties at the start of the season, with Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all entrusted in alternative roles, or not at all, by Mourinho.

However, the Premier League duo are likely to be disappointed, with Isco’s performance against Atletico, his best in recent memory, ensuring he remains a key cog of the star-studded Madrid side.

Atletico Madrid's Juanfran in action with Real Madrid's Isco

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