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Isco is special but the door is open for his exit


Isco arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu in the summer of 2013. Real Madrid paid €30 million for him. It was a bargain, if we look at his quality and the talent he so obviously has. I can’t forget that footballing exhibition he gave at La Rosaledo against Porto that turned all of our heads. His first league game in the Bernabéu was against Betis, a game that looked destined for a disappointing draw until he stepped up in the final minutes to score the winner. His name sounded out around the stadium. I heard it with my own ears and saw it with my own eyes. Other club legends have taken years to win that same privilege. Isco burst into the club and gave us two wonderful and creative seasons. That’s how Iscomania was born…

Isco in action for Real Madrid against Eibar
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Isco in action for Real Madrid against EibarAFP

The unavoidable truth

But there is one, unavoidable truth that we can’t avoid. At the end of the day, he’s been a reserve under Ancelotti, Benítez and Zidane. It’s no coincidence. He’s a cultured player, and he does magic with the ball at his feet. He’s special. If he was a chef he’d be the king of imaginative cuisine. But he was born to play football and he has the intensity, speed and tenacity that the game requires in droves. Against Eibar the fans wanted more than anything to carry him out on their shoulders in glory but they ended up almost running him out of town. The door is open for his exit from the club. It’s a shame, maestro…


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