Real Madrid beat Manchester City to the signing of Malaga’s Isco much to the delight of the Spanish club.
Isco was on fire in the UEFA Euro U-21 Championships leading the Spanish side to a comfortable victory.
His clever footwork and vision, proved to be too much for his opponents. His close control, dribbling and ability to take the opposition down on his own makes him one of the best in the business.
He was lively and dangerous throughout and without doubt was one of the best players in Israel during the summer.
Isco has already made his senior debut for Spain and is considered as a worthy back-up to the majestic Andreas Iniesta.
He will provide competition for the likes of German magician Mezut Ozil, Croatian playmaker Luka Modric and Brazil’s evergreen Kaka for the modern day number 10 role.
Ozil is often picked to start just behind the main striker but he now faces stiff competition from the versatile playmaker Modric.
Modric is a deep-lying playmaker but he is comfortable playing in an advanced role and towards the end of last season he found his feet in La Liga much to the delight of the fans.
With Ozil and Modric in such form, Kaka found it difficult to get the playing time he deserves.
The arrival of Isco is expected to make matters worse for the former Ballon d’or winner. Isco is expected to provide tough competition for Ozil for that spot.
Even though former coach Ancelotti’s appointment at the helm gives him a glimmer of hope for the Brazilian, he needs to return to his best to turn the tables around.
Upcoming youngster Jese Rodriguez is also expecting playing time at Madrid next season. He will be able to fulfil the role of a squad player and that indirectly points to the exit of one of the best players in past decade. The man who set the world on fire at AC Milan, found it hard at Madrid and his disastrous spell might reach the end soon.
With just a year to the World Cup, Kaka needs regular playing time to have any chances of dreaming a return to the Selecao line-up.
He will find it very difficult at Real Madrid so it may be in the best interest of both parties to bid goodbye to each other.
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