Isco has once again revealed his frustration at a lack of regular game time this season after becoming an almost outcast at Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
The Spanish midfielder silenced his critics during a comfortable 2-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday, in which Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale scored thanks to Isco assists.
Assists aside, the former Malaga star also served a key role in ball circulation, displaying a mix of short passes, through balls and long balls as Real Madrid controlled possession.
The highly rated play maker also combined well with Nacho Fernandez down the left flank, both going forward as well as defensively maintaining a perfect rhythm.
These are the kind of performances which underline why the Los Blancos must continue their fight to hold onto the 2012 Golden Boy award winner.
But a fierce competition for first team places has restricted Isco’s game time far less than he’d like – starting 11 of Real Madrid’s 21 La Liga fixtures and playing only 67 minutes against Sporting Lisbon in their seven Champions League matches – and has put top clubs on alert.
However, Isco isn’t racing for the exit but claims he’s certainly open to a move in the summer.
“I am calm though I am worried about getting more minutes,” he told beIN Sports.
“I am very happy here but a player’s career is small. We’ll make a decision at the end of the season – it’s my future at stake.”