James and Toni Kroos are great, but what about Isco?
It is not often a player get universally praised as the future of an entire countries soccer hopes, let alone one as historically successful as Spain. But that is the talent of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco.
His ability with the ball at his feet is outstanding, and it is hard to find a guy with a better understanding of the game.
Which makes it all the more weird that, after staring for La Liga side Malaga under current Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini, Isco is on the outside looking in at Madrid.
Madrid signed the young Spanish international last summer following a starring performance at the 2013 UEFA Under-21 European Championship for 30 million euros. Despite this high fee, similar to that of Toni Kroos this summer, Isco struggled to find a spot in the starting 11 for the European champions, and made mostly substitute appearances last season.
Now with the signings of Kroos and James Rodriguez, Isco?s future with Madrid is in question, potentially opening the door for other clubs to sign the 22-year-old superstar.
With Pellegrini at the helm, and coming off of its second Premier League title in three years, Manchester City is being heavily linked with the midfielder following Madrid?s signing of Rodriguez.
Pellegrini was quoted ahead of City?s preseason match against Sporting Kansas City that his side might not have all of it?s spending done this transfer window.
?I don?t think the squad is complete yet, but we have six weeks before the transfer windows closes,? Pellegrini said according to Sky Sports. ?Perhaps there is the option to bring one or more players in, or maybe one or two will leave our squad, but there is time for us to consider what is best for our team.?
But with Financial Fair Play already slowing the potential signing of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala for the Citizens, it might be even harder to make room for Isco.
Liverpool have also been reported to be making a move for the young talent, while Chelsea is guaranteed to be linked in some way, whether it be true or not, to any superstar who seemingly comes on the market.
Despite all the rumors circulating, Isco was quick to try and calm the media reports tweeting from his official twitter account ?Evidentemente todo mentira,? which translates to ?Obviously all lies.?
If all the rumors are false, and Isco remains at Madrid in the long term, it might be a blow for one of the best young talents in the game.
Although his development as a player could see him make his way into the starting 11 in the next couple of seasons, the amount of money shelled out to sign other young players will likely leave Isco watching from the bench.
It would be in his best interest to pursue a future away from the club, even if it is just for a season or two, to allow his skills to develop by playing more first team soccer.
As of now, signs are pointing to a stay at Madrid for Isco, which would be a disappointment for fans across the globe who want to watch him play.