'Would like to see' Isco in Barcelona: Rivaldo proposes shock transfer

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Isco continues to be linked with a move away from Madrid.

Former Barcelona star Rivaldo has urged the club to make a shock swoop for Real Madrid‘s Isco.

The playmaker has been struggling for playing time under new manager Santiago Solari, and had a dust-up with the Madrid fans on Wednesday as he was whistled and jeered during the team’s shock 3-0 loss at home to CSKA Moscow.

Rivaldo acknowledged that it would be difficult to see such a transfer happening given the fierce rivalry between the two clubs, but added that Isco and Barcelona would be a good fit.

“If you ask me if I would like to see Isco in Barcelona, I would say yes,” Rivaldo told UK press.

“He is an excellent player and I think both the club and the player could do with it.

“Anyway, it is a complicated proposal, it is difficult to imagine two great rivals negotiating the transfer of a player.”

Addressing Isco’s relationship with the Madrid faithful, Rivaldo said: “He was on the radar of the fans. You have to look forward and forget about this whole situation.”

Rivaldo also weighed in on Madrid’s poor start to the season, which has seen Los Blancos lose five times in 15 La Liga games – including a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona – and twice in the Champions League.

The Brazilian believes Madrid have failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in the summer.

“Real Madrid clearly need a striker, a player capable of scoring regularly,” he said.

“After the departure of Ronaldo, the team lost offensive power and now is the time to strengthen the squad, before the real start of the Champions League.”

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Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari backs rejuvenated Isco

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Isco and Solari.

Isco‘s playing time has been limited under Santiago Solari, but the new Real Madrid manager gave the player his backing after Madrid’s fans subjected the playmaker to whistles during the team’s shock 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

The loss was Madrid’s worst-ever European defeat at home, and their fans expressed their displeasure, with Isco targeted for a below-par performance that included a missed chance when through on goal.

He could be seen saying “What do you want?” in response to the fans’ jeers, which led to near-constant booing of the player for the next ten minutes – though other videos suggested he was merely arguing with a referee over being denied a corner-kick.

However, Solari has backed the 25-year-old to produce his best form in the famous white shirt again.

“He’s a mature, professional guy who has brought much joy to this club and we’re sure he’ll continue to do so,” Solari said.

“He works hard every day to give it his all, and a coach’s hardest job is to choose who is going to play and who will be on the bench.

“They’re all great players who have done great things. I heard applause the other day as well.

“The fans express themselves and the team must go in search of their support. We need it, it’s what we want.

Throughout the history of this club, everything we’ve achieved has come through unity with the fans. We hope they’ll help us and show their support tomorrow,” said Solari.

However, some other videos suggest that he could have been arguing with UEFA’s baseline referee and asking for a corner-kick.

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Gareth Bale to miss Real Madrid's clash with Rayo Vallecano

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Gareth Bale is set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

The Welshman has been suffering with an ankle injury he picked up during Madrid’s 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

Having missed training on Thursday and Friday, coach Santiago Solari intimated that Bale would miss the match against their Madrid neighbours.

“We will see how ankle improves from yesterday to today and from today to tomorrow,” said Solari. “We will speak to the medical team and with him (Bale).”

Madrid will hope to have Bale back for Wednesday’s semi-final in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

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