With the pre-season campaigns around the corner, social media is buzzing with transfer news and rumors. In an interview with ‘Marca’, Isco gave some interesting comments that have intrigued the footballing world.
Amidst the chaos of the transfer window, where the clubs are chasing their priority signings, the former Los Blancos superstar revealed details about his dream move and the opportunity to join FC Barcelona in a recent interview. Let us find out what the Spaniard had to say!
Isco opens up about his dream come true at Madrid
In recent times, the Spanish international reflected on various aspects of his career. Talking about his stay at Bernabeu, the 31-year-old said “You’re at Madrid and you’re at the top of what a player can aspire to. You’re at the biggest club in history, where you’ve also had some bad moments, but in the end, I always managed to overcome them. I always ended up playing 40 or 50 games.” He added “In the end, I always overcame adversity and played. I was a starter in two Champions League finals, Cup finals, and Super Cup finals. Until 2018 I managed to be in all the important moments and, as I said, Madrid is the greatest team in history.”
🗣️ Isco: “Barca offer in 2018? Yes, Bartomeu called me & with the salary he was giving that time. But I was very well in Madrid, my teammates, incredible atmosphere. It was team of my DREAMS, where I won everything. I wasn't leaving Madrid for all the gold in the world.” @marca pic.twitter.com/wxma0SpqEA
— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) July 18, 2023
The former Real Madrid winger also mentioned that he was pursued by several European clubs including their arch-rivals FC Barcelona. The Spaniard said “Bartomeu called me and with what Bartomeu was paying at the time. But I was doing very well in Madrid, with my teammates, with an incredible atmosphere in the dressing room. It was a dream come true, in which I had won what I dreamed of. I wouldn’t leave Madrid for all the money in the world. The city, moreover, is wonderful. The way I enjoyed myself in Madrid, I knew I wouldn’t enjoy myself anywhere else”
When did Isco come to Madrid?
In the summer of 2013, Real Madrid reached an agreement with the Spanish side Malaga for the transfer of Isco for a reported fee of $33 million. The Spaniard became the first signing of newly appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti. During his 9-year stint at the Bernabeu, the Spanish winger played 353 matches, while scoring 53 goals and providing 57 assists.
In 2022, Isco signed with another Spanish side Sevilla on a two-year contract, only for the deal to be terminated just after 4 months. In 2023, despite passing his medical tests, a potential move to the German club Union Berlin collapsed, as the player’s demands deferred from the initial agreement.
The Spanish international’s statement shows how much players want to wear the prestigious Real Madrid shirt. After the collapsed deal with the German side, it’s unclear what’s next for the 31-year-old’s career.