Isco set for January Real Madrid exit

Real Madrid playmaker Isco is prepared to leave the club in January over a lack of playing time, according to reports.

The former Malaga man is said to fear his selection chances for next summer’s European Championships with Spain and is set to accept a move away from Madrid.

A report in Tuttosport claims that Juventus, Napoli, Manchester City and Arsenal are the clubs who have been alerted to such news and will pursue a deal for the 27-year-old.

Isco has made just five appearances for Los Blancos this campaign and now appears to be a fringe player at the club.

Zinedine Zidane is thought to be a keen admirer of Isco but equally would not block a transfer should a big-money offer come in from elsewhere.

The Spain international had been frozen out of the starting XI by previous Madrid boss Santiago Solari – not starting a match across La Liga or the Champions League under the Frenchman’s predecessor.

Isco has a contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021 but found the net just three times in a mere 11 La Liga starts last season, with his future appearing to be in the balance.

It appears unlikely that the former Malaga playmaker will be a regular in Madrid’s line-up this season while any sale would be a reluctant one – he did make a rare recent start against Real Mallorca but underperformed, like the rest of his teammates.

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