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Isco, won't leave Madrid in January window, assures father

Paco Alarcón spoke exclusively with Calciomercato: "I can assure you that we are not going to consider any offer until next summer..."

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Isco, won't leave Madrid in January window, assures father
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Winter, not the time to be moving clubs

Isco will not be leaving Real Madrid in the January transfer window. At least that is what the player's father and representative Paco Alarcón has claimed. The midfielder said back on 4th October that his plan is to battle to win his place in Zidane's side, telling La COPE: “I don't like the idea of switching clubs in winter” and now his father has reiterated that stance.

“We have decided to maintain a low profile with the press. But I can assure you that we will not be considering any offer until next summer”, Isco's father told Italian webpage, Calciomercato.

The Madrid midfielder has no shortage of suitors - for the past two years he has been linked with Juventus. Juve Director General Beppe Marotta tried to lure Isco to Turin in the last winter transfer window after the player had been left out in the cold by Rafa Benítez. But Zidane's arrival changed the situation completely and Juve were dispatched with a short, sharp ‘No’.

Spurs keen

Another club who would be more than willing to sign Isco is  Tottenham. The Londoners fought right up until the last day of the summer transfer window to persuade Madrid to loan to the player. Pochettino even made contact with the player's close circle in a bid to convince him - without success. In England, the press report that Spurs will be back for another attempt at poaching the player - presumably on a six-month loan in January, or a direct purchase in the summer.

Once in the starting XI

Isco is not in his best moment at Real Madrid. He has only made one start this season - against Eibar in the team's last outing and he didn't make the most of the opportunity. He has accumulated just 192 minutes playing time this term -  20% of the total. Madrid wanted to offload him in the summer but withdrew after Isco insisted he would win back his place. Now the player, whiose contract expires in less than two years' time, is considering a change of scenario - but not until the end of the season…