The Spanish midfield maestro has recaptured his form under Zinedine Zidane, but game time has proven tough, writes Sam May.
Swapping Malaga for Madrid for £23 million in 2013, he signed a five-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu. Isco, 24, still has a year and half left on his Real Madrid contract, which runs until 2018, but has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract.
President Florentino Pérez is keen for the former Malaga midfielder to remain at the Bernabeu. The playmaker was expected to leave Real Madrid last summer, having attracted interest from Tottenham, Arsenal and Juventus, but has put speculation behind him.
Despite little game time he shone against Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, which proved he does have a future with the Galacticos. Being quick, skilful and creative, he is the perfect midfielder for Zidane’s side.
His one-step-ahead reading of the game, anticipation of space and the general directing of his side’s performances are his most common traits and his natural ability is also a key factor.
Back in December Isco was quoted saying: “I still have one-and-a-half years left on my current contract, 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.”
He has scored 26 goals in 113 appearances to date for the club and could have a big future should he remain with the La Liga giants. If he decides to depart the Spanish capital then he may opt to move to Juventus, which would see him link up with former teammate Sami Khedira.
Real Madrid must tie him down to a new deal sooner rather than later, or expect him to move on a free transfer. Will Isco sign a new deal at Real Madrid?