Real Madrid midfielder Isco has revealed he will contemplate leaving Real Madrid next summer if he isn’t given more game time by Zinedine Zidane.
The Spaniard has only made four appearances so far this season, and a large segment of his three year stint at the Bernabeu has been spent on the bench.
Reports last month suggested that Jose Mourinho was keen on luring the 24-year-old to Old Trafford this January.
Speaking to Cope, Isco ruled out the possibility of a January move, but made it clear that he would assess his options over the summer.
“Leaving in January is not an option that I am contemplating. I am not going to give up so easily,” he said.
“But if at the end of the season I see that I have not played much, I will look at my options. I am 24 and if I do not find a place in the starting XI here, I would like to move on.
“I know that I can do well and if not here, then I would like to be able to do it elsewhere.
“I am happy in Madrid, but what footballers want is to progress and if I cannot do that here, I would not have a problem in looking for an exit.”
Fighting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriquez, Alvaro Morata, Toni Kroos and wonderkid Marco Ascenio for a place in Zidane’s attacking line-up is, as one might imagine, something of a tall order.
And at the age of 24, Isco is understandably irked by a lack of regular football. This is, after all, a player blessed with a mesmerising level of talent going forward. The Spaniard’s sharp awareness, quick feet and wondrous range of pass supplements attacking movements, as opposed to crowning them – a necessary binding force, if you will.
One suspects that Madrid would be reluctant to let the talented Spaniard leave. But if his absence from their starting XI continues, a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards.