Isco's fringe role at Real Madrid under Santiago Solari has offered encouragement to major suitors in Serie A and the Premier League.
Santiago Solari's decision not to even name Isco on the bench in Real Madrid's Champions League win over Roma not only laid bare the existence of a major problem in the pair's working relationship, but has also offered encouragement to the major clubs that have tracked the Spaniard for several years.
Isco situation sparks renewed interest in player
After Isco last year opted to renew his Madrid contract until 2022, and in view of the confidence that Los Blancos' former head coach, Zinedine Zidane, consistently showed in the attacking midfielder during his tenure, Manchester City and Juventus had seemingly given up hope of securing his services.
However, the 26-year-old's current predicament at the Bernabéu, where Solari has left him out of every one of his six starting line-ups since replacing Julen Lopetegui as boss, is unsustainable in the long term. He won't accept a fringe role, and it is a situation that is sparking renewed interest from his long-term admirers.
Napoli also reported to be eyeing Isco
Juventus and City have followed Isco's progress for a number of seasons, but they're by no means the former Málaga player's only major suitors. "Napoli are keeping a close eye on the situation, revealed the Italian newspaper Il Mattino yesterday, "although he'd come with a very high price tag."
A move to Naples would reunite Isco with Carlo Ancelotti, who he worked with in his first two years at Madrid, and who is among the coaches to have shown the most faith in his abilities. Under Ancelotti, he featured 53 times in 2013/14, netting 11 goals and supplying nine assists, before making the same number of appearances the following year, scoring six and setting up 13.