Barcelona would be open to discussion over Real Madrid playmaker Isco

Alex Rea 6/02/2019
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Real Madrid playmaker Isco

Isco’s future at Real Madrid has been the topic of hot debate with the Spain midfielder falling out of favour under boss Santiago Solari.

The 26-year-old has been restricted to five starts for Los Blancos this season making only a further 10 appearances from the bench.

Naturally there is increased talk Isco will exit Madrid in the summer with a number of interested parties said to monitoring his situation.

And one of those could actually be a lot closer to home. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stirred the pot by revealing he would be willing to broach the subject of buying Isco with Real counterpart Florentino Perez if head coach Ernesto Valverde gave the green light.

“If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them,” Bartomeu told El Partidazo de COPE.

“But it has not happened since I’m here.

“There are no non-aggression pacts. Each one tries to make their team more competitive.

Josep Maria Bartomeu

Josep Maria Bartomeu

“Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid.”

The playmaker is contracted at Real until 2022.

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Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari spoke to the media on Tuesday, as his side continued their preparations for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final match away against La Liga leaders Barcelona on Wednesday.

“You can never know that because it’s not only up to one team’s intention. What we expect is a beautiful game, it’s a ‘Clasico’. I wish everyone will enjoy it. We expect to play a great game, of course, just like we’ve been doing lately, and to win,” he said, “In football it’s always good if the best players can play every game, that’s the way it is.”

The fixture will be Solari’s first ‘Clasico’ in charge of Real Madrid.

The last time the two sides met Barcelona thrased Madrid 5-1, a result that prompted the sacking of former coach Julen Lopetegui after just three months in charge.










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Chelsea star Eden Hazard claims to have made decision on his future

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Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard is expected to tell Chelsea he wants to join Real Madrid this summer after saying in a recent interview that he has made a decision on his future.

The Belgian has been linked with the Spanish giants for nearly two years, but there has been no evidence of any talks between the two parties.

“I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision,” Hazard said in a interview with French radio station RMC.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had earlier voiced his opinion on this matter and said that the Blues superstar could leave if he wanted to, but preferred if he stayed at Stamford Bridge.

“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” Sarri said.

“Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”

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