Tottenham on alert: Playmaker who Pochettino reportedly wants to sign makes big admission
By Alex Stevens
Isco has put Tottenham on alert by revealing he could quit Real Madrid in the summer.
The La Liga playmaker admitted his future is up in the air and that he will decide whether to remain at the Bernabeu between now and the end of the season.
The Mail report that a number of Premier League clubs have been linked with signing Isco, with Tottenham keen on a loan transfer last summer.
It has been widely reported, including by the Mirror, that Tottenham manager Pochettino is a fan of Isco, 24, who has slipped down the Bernabeu pecking order since Zinedine Zidane was appointed manager.
Isco, whose contract with the Spanish giants expires in the summer of 2018, believes that he might have to quit if he does not get more opportunities to play for the first team.
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“I’m calm. What worries me is to have minutes,” he told beIN Sports, as quoted by the Mail. “A player’s career is small.
“I’m happy here and would stay many more years. From now until the end of the season, we will make a decision. It is my future at stake.”
The former Malaga player has made 24 appearances in all competitions for Real this season, scoring an impressive five goals and supplying six assists.
But Isco has made only one appearance in the Champions League and has been restricted to 11 starts from the Spanish giants’ 21 La Liga fixtures.
The 24-year-old impressed when given an opportunity on Saturday, providing two assists as Real beat Espanyol 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real top the Spanish top flight after 21 games by three points and look likely to advance into the quarter-finals stage of the Champions League after beating Napoli 3-1 at home in the first leg of their round-of-16 encounter.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.