Isco has had a very difficult season and found himself out of favour under former head coach Santiago Solari, but the 26-year-old is keen to remain at Real Madrid.
The midfielder has a contract until 2022, with a release clause of 700 million euros, and he is declining any inquiries about his future; he only wants to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.
While it remains to be seen how Zinedine Zidane evaluates Isco ahead of the summer clear-out, the No.22 is determined to stay at Madrid, although, if necessary, the club would deem him to be transferable. The summer is very long and we are only now in spring, but Isco is not one of those players who can easily change other people’s opinions on him.
The Spaniard has already won four Champions Leagues, one LaLiga Santanderand one Copa del Rey, in addition to one Supercopa de Espana, three European Super Cups and four Club World Cups. At the age of 26 (he turns 27 on matchday 21 of next season), he wants to continue raising titles. The Malaga-born playmaker is aware that those who have left Los Blancos have won far less than those who have stayed, too.
When Isco renewed his contract, he was aware of the bet he was making. He was about to enter the final year of his contract, aware that many sides would find him to be very desirable, particularly on a free, but he reached an agreement with Madrid that recognized his importance to the side. Isco could have left, but he bet on playing for Madrid long-term. And that’s still the case today.
Lopetegui, Solari and Zidane
This has not been his year, although he began the season as a vital piece for Julen Lopetegui and excelling against Roma in the Champions League. However, from that moment on, all that could have gone wrong went wrong. First he had appendicitis, then the coach who believed in him was fired, and that was followed by Solari who never counted on him and turned him away from the team. The Argentine opted to not play Isco at first and then sent him to the stands, almost trying to make Florentino Perez aware that this player was expendable.
But the return of Zidane is a completely different horizon for the player nicknamed ‘la magia’, or ‘magic’, as he was essential during the Frenchman’s first spell in charge. Isco played the third highest number of matches in Zidane‘s two and a half years in charge, although 12th in terms of minutes, and during that time the midfielder helped Madrid to win three Champions Leagues and one LaLiga Santander title. He played in the biggest games, including the last two Champions League finals in Cardiff and Kiev as Gareth Bale started on the bench. It was only the final against Atletico Madrid in Milan where he began the game on the bench.
The decision to not move is explained from a sporting aspect, but also from a family perspective. Isco has a son who lives between Malaga and Madrid, a train journey of around two and a half hours, and that closeness is essential for him. If that wasn’t enough, he is expecting a baby with his current partner, Sara Salamo, so leaving Spain is now the last thing he would want to do.
Due to all of this, Isco is not considering a departure from Real Madrid this summer.