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Barcelona reject the chance to sign Real Madrid outcast Isco

Out-of-favour Real Madrid playmaker Isco has been offered to Barcelona.



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Isco has had a major fall in stature at Real Madrid over the past couple of years.

Signed from Malaga in 2013, the Spanish playmaker enjoyed great success in the early parts of his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, in recent years, the 29-year-old has gradually found himself dropping lower and lower on the pecking order.

Game-time had become hard to come by under ex-manager Zinedine Zidane. And, things have hardly improved under Carlo Ancelotti. Isco, as things stand, is behind Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde, in the Italian tactician’s order of preference.

Unhappy with his situation the former Golden Boy award winner has his sights set on an exit in the summer when his contract with the Spanish capital outfit runs out. And, El Nacional is now reporting that Isco’s representatives have offered his services to Barcelona.

The 29-year-old is believed to be friends with some members of the Barça first-team such as Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, having played with them for the Spanish national team. He also happens to know new manager Xavi Hernandez from their time with La Roja.

Now, the report is indicating that Isco has tried to convince the 41-year-old tactician to hand him a chance at Camp Nou when his contract runs out at the end of the season. However, Xavi is believed to have rejected the possibility of a move, which does not come as a surprise considering the options he has in midfield.

In Nico Gonzalez, Gavi, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and potentially Riqui Puig, the Blaugrana midfield looks sorted. So, there is no requirement for a player like Isco in the squad. Furthermore, president Joan Laporta does not wish to sign a player from rivals Real Madrid either.

So, Isco’s attempt to make the switch to Camp Nou seems to have failed. However, he does have interest from English clubs Everton and Leicester City while Sevilla and AC Milan would also look to sign him. But, as far as a move to Barcelona is considered, it is a no-go.

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