Midfielder Isco has revealed his first impressions on his move to Real Madrid, as well as his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo and Europe.
The 21-year-old joined Los Blancos in the summer for a reported €30m from Malaga, although he has fallen out of favour in the last few weeks after a blistering start, and in the latest issue of the official UEFA magazine he analyses his first few months at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Going to the world’s biggest club is a really big challenge…and very important. It’s great to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, and he has helped me a lot in training because he always wants to win, always wants the best,” maintained Isco.
“I’ve not been a professional for long and I’d say the biggest test is to actually come to Real Madrid as I was previously part of a more modest club such as Malaga.
“I didn’t expect it to be so good and I started well, scoring goals, providing assists and helping the team. I hope it continues.”
The Costa del Sol-born youngster also reflected on what Madrid means to him and touched on whether the team is capable of a 10th European Cup success this season.
“Real Madrid has a historical reputation, which may cause some fear in our opponents at the mere prospect of facing us. We have a great side that includes the best players in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso…
“But the challenge of winning the Champions League is exciting for everyone. Even so, it should not become an obsession that can affect the whole team, although we are playing well and looking forward to reaching the final.”
There was also praise for Madrid assistant boss Zinedine Zidane.
“We all know Zidane as he is a Real Madrid legend. In every training session he teaches us things, even by just playing with us,” added Isco.