Should Real Madrid sell Isco?

Plenty of debate surrounding the No. 22


Posted Saturday, December 15, 2018 by Marca.com

Should Real Madrid sell Isco?

The situation with Isco has evolved greatly in the past few weeks and some are beginning to wonder if Real Madrid should consider selling the talented playmaker.

From Santiago Solari taking him out of the line-up to being whistled by the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu during the 3-0 home loss to CSKA Moscow, the tide has turned against the 26-year-old, first on the bench and now in the stands.

Understandably with a player of Isco's quality, there are varying thoughts on how to deal with the issue and MARCA writers Javier Estepa and Ruben Jimenez come down on either side of the matter.

Neither Isco nor Madrid deserve this issue to become a problem, argues Estepa.

The whistles towards the midfielder - and his reaction - are the last episode of a situation that is at a point of no return; Solari does not trust him, the squad does not protect him, and the fans are starting to doubt his game.

Both the player and the club should agree to go their separate ways in January, allowing Los Blancos to think about reinforcements while Isco can get away from what has become a toxic atmosphere for him.

There were great players before Isco and great players will come after him.

For Jimenez, however, it would be ridiculous to lose a player who has been pivotal in the three successive Champions League victories between 2016 and 2018.

Some sectors of the Madrid crowd will always recognise the talent of Isco, though others - those who were indoctrinated by Jose Mourinho to think in this way - will not appreciate brilliance when they see it.

This is very reminiscent of those Pep Guardiola and Mourinho days; the artful way of playing is criticised in favour of a more hard-nosed approach.

Isco has been playing in the same manner since he first joined Madrid, with great results it should be noted, and it doesn't look like he's going to change now; if the dynamics of the team around him were better, his game would flourish once more.

In truth, if Solari truly wanted to 'recover' Isco, he would play him in meaningful matches, rather than keep him on the bench as with each passing game on the sideline, the midfielder will think about leaving and with his exit, Madrid will lose far more than just the transfer fee that they receive.



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