Isco coy on Real Madrid future

The Spanish media insist he is Premier League-bound, though Madrid have not given up hope of retaining Isco with the offer of a new contract.

Earlier this month, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane called Isco "crucial" for his team, but the Spain global has hinted that he might decide to seek pastures new if he can not nail down a regular starting role at the Bernabeu.

"I am calm though I am anxious about getting more minutes".

The 24-year-old played a full 90 minutes for the first time in almost four months against Espanyol on Saturday and then answered questions about his next career step.

When his two-year loan at Roma finishes at the end of the season, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be a target for Napoli, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. "It is my future at stake".

Isco has started 11 of the club's 17 La Liga games this season and has made the first XI just once in the club's Champions League campaign.

Isco is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City.

Isco, whose contract with Madrid expires in the summer of 2018, admitted last week that he was concerned about his playing time with Zinedine Zidane's side.

Madrid have a squad full of world-class players, so he is more likely to get regular minutes under his belt at a top team in England.

Manchester City have already failed twice to sign him in recent years and it has been suggested that they are confident that they can be third time lucky with Isco this time around.

  • Julie Sanders