Real Madrid midfielder Isco is now set to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager.
Isco, 26, has endured a frustrating season for Los Blancos, with the Spaniard appearing close to procuring a move away from the Spanish capital after falling out of favour with then manager Santiago Solari – who replaced Julen Lopetegui in mid-November.
With Solari making way for Zidane’s return in March, it seems his arrival has changed the midfielder’s mind regarding a summer departure, according to Marca, who have claimed that he’s now set to stay at the Bernabeu ahead of next season rather than search for a move.
The Spaniard – who is currently contracted to Real Madrid until 2022, and boasts a €700m release clause – was a favourite under Zidane, with Isco starting two of the three Champions League final successes the Frenchman oversaw during his previous tenure. He played in both the 4-1 win against Juventus in Cardiff in 2017 and the 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev.
This season under Zidane has seen Isco recapture some of his best form, with him scoring in wins against Celta Vigo and SD Huesca – which in fact trebled his tally for the season to six – and made a substitute appearance in the recent 2-1 defeat to Valencia.
It’s been a poor season for Real Madrid, which is set to end without winning a single trophy after embarrassing eliminations from the Copa del Rey to Barcelona and the Champions League to Ajax, while La Liga is likely to be won by Barca for a fourth time in five seasons.