If you are a professional footballer and people are comparing you to the legendary Zinedine Zidane when you are only 21-years-old and playing for the biggest club in the world, Real Madrid life cannot be that bad.
Isco’s blistering start with his new club Real Madrid scoring five times in six appearances with two assists while all the time totally dominating the midfield with some tasty dribbling and sharp passing has got people saying that Los Blancos have found the next Zidane.
Even Spanish sports newspaper MARCA has gotten in on the act printing out statistics to show how the star of last summer’s European U-21 European Championships has proved to be more effective in his first few games in a white shirt than the assistant coach to Real Madrid manager Zinadine Zidane was when he first came to play at the Santiago Bernabéu.
When reporters asked the Italian manager about the comparisons with his assistant Ancelotti laughed and said: “I asked Zidane if he agrees and he said ‘No, not yet. But he could be very close in the future’.
“He is very similar in terms of ability and mentality. For Isco to be compared with Zidane is not bad after the few games he has played.”
Isco came to prominence last season while playing for Andalucía side Malaga in the Champions League when the Spanish lost out to eventual runners up Borussia Dortmund after a late offside goal.
His outstanding performances in La Liga won him the Golden Boy award that is given by sports journalists to the young player in Europe, something that had all top clubs in Europe sit up and take notice.
His former manager Manuel Pellegrini took over as coach of Manchester City following the sacking of Roberto Mancini, and the very first thing the Chilean did was try to get Isco to join him in England.
The president of Real Madrid Florentino Perez also wanted the Malaga star for his new team of Galácticos, and in the end all it took for the youngster to join Madrid was a personal telephone call from Zidane who got the boy from Benalmádena to sign for Madrid for what is now looking a bargain 30€ million.
While the business of appointing a new manager is still an on-going project for Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti being the man everyone assumes will take over the spot left vacant by Jose Mourinho as the special one returned to the place where he says he is loved Los Blanco’s are left with plenty of unfinished business.
Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuaín seems to be wanted by quite a few top clubs including Arsenal who are reported to have made an offer of 30€ in one lump sum while the other interested party Italian Serie a side Juventus have offered 8€ million less and want to pay the money to Madrid in instalments.
Madrid know that some other offers could come in for Higuaín who still has three years remaining on his contract, and are unlikely to let him go for less than 40€.
The one question I really want to know the answer of is if Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract or not, and despite club president Florentino Perez saying that Ronaldo will retire at real Madrid, I still see him returning to Manchester United if the club and Nike can come up with the right deal.
We all know the Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is the top priority signing for Real Madrid this summer but the hope of getting him cheaply have all but gone out of the window with Manchester United saying they would like to sign the Welsh wizard, along with Paris Saint-Germain who not only want Bale, but the Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas as well.
If you ask the real Madrid fans who they want the club to sign I can tell you that the name is not Cavani, Suarez, or Bale, but Malaga’s wizz-kid Isco with 44% of the votes in a recent poll held by Reals mouthpiece newspaper Marca in second place with 22% of the votes was Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski with the Madrid fans remembering the four-goals he scored to knock them out of the Champions League.
Isco has been a standout for the Spanish team guiding them to the European U-21 final against Italy to be played tomorrow June 18th in Jerusalem, Israel, and asked whether his teammates Nacho and Morata have been telling him that he should sign for Madrid he laughed saying “they keep going on about it”.