Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, also known as Isco, has gained many fans in Spain and across the whole of Europe following his performances last season for Malaga both La Liga and the Champions League. It is now understood by various sources that the Spanish under-21 starlet has agreed a transfer to the infamous Real Madrid.
Isco helped his current side reach the quarter final’s of Europe’s elite competition this season, were they came close to victory versus eventual runners up, Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old signed for Malaga from Valencia for 6 million euros in July 2011, this deal has often been described as a case of daylight robbery by many La Liga fans.
On the 28th January 2013, manager, Manuel Pellegrini and the club owner Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani reached an agreement with Isco regarding a new contract with the Spanish outift. As a result, his wages increased by 25% and a buyout clause of 35 Million Euros was established – a smart move by the board as Malaga currently need all the money they can get, considering their financial situation.
With Spain’s economic climate in such a mess, Real Madrid have swooped in to complete a fantastic deal, they will certainly receive their money’s worth in this transfer. In Isco, they have gained a quality player for 35 million euros. If Spain’s economic situation was in a better state we may have seen Isco leave Malaga for a lot more money.
Since the Spanish season has ended, Isco has been linked with a number of different clubs. Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all expressed interest in recent weeks.
Isco had expressed his desire to join Manuel Pelegrini at City, describing him as a genius. But, when Real Madrid come knocking on the door, no-one can easily reject the nine-time European champions.
At 5’9, Isco is a midfielder who loves to weave in and out of the opposition’s defence. He has great feet when in tight situations and can score goals for fun – as he has proven in the league and various other tournaments this season. I like to compare Isco to Andres Iniesta. He possesses many assets, in particular his vision and final ball in the last third of the pitch.
Isco is only going to improve and he has already started his career by making huge noises across the world.
Isco joined Malaga in 2011 and has made 69 appearances scoring 14 goals for the La Liga outfit. Unfortunately the club will not be playing in Europe next season and this will have impacted the player’s decision to stay at the club.
Owner Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani confirmed yesterday, via his twitter account, that the number 22 shirt, which is currently worn by Isco, will not be available to any other player as a tribute to his performances at the club.
In my opinion this is a very strange concept, why? because..
- He is still alive
- He is only 21
- He has only played 69 games for Malaga
- He has only been at the club for two season
However, none of those reasons make it this idea unacceptable. However, the fact Malaga are set to lose a squad place if they retire Isco’s number does.
Spanish football rules state that Liga clubs can have a maximum squad size of 25 players and the players must wear the numbers 1-25. If the 22 shirt is missing, this only gives Malaga 24 player positions.
European Under-21 Championship Performance
Isco was extremely impressive for the Spain under-21 side, who won the European Championships in Israel this month. The magical Spaniard finished as the tournaments third highest goal scorer, he also qualified for the team of the tournament.
He played in two positions during the tournament, central midfield – trying to operate the sliding through balls to the off running wingers to get in behind the defenders, and on the wing – to find space when compact in the middle and take on the opposition full backs.
What’s in store for Isco next season?
Reports from Isco suggest he doesn’t want play anywhere else than the Bernabeu in the future.
According to my sources everything has been agreed with Malaga. Now Isco will just need to pass a medical which could take up to two days to complete. If all goes to plan, the little magician will be playing in the famous white shirt of the Galaticos at the start of next season.