Isco demands starring role at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid don't look to be halting their famed Galacticos project any time soon, despite the decade-long wait for the famed La Decima finally being laid to rest.

Proof of that relentless drive for improvement has come in the form of a whopping €105m spending spree at the Bernabeu this summer, spent on World Cup star trio James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas.

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Time to consider his options?

This happens to come at the expense of a certain young Spanish playmaker who goes by the name of Francisco Alarcon, who more commonly the shorter moniker Isco.

Fledging Isco found himself starting on Madrid's bench nine times last season, the largest bench tally of his entire career, despite fashioning an impressive debut season for himself that saw him record 14 direct goal involvements and a rating of 7.39 (via WhoScored).

This is a statistic that is unlikely to see immediate improvement on the back Rodriguez's signing.

Super-sub or expensive flop?

Regardless, Isco is no longer content with the super-sub role he assumed to devastating fashion in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, reports

Despite starring in last season's preseason campaign as well as this season's corresponding preseason fixtures, on both occasions Isco eventually lost his place to big-money signings Bale and Rodriguez respectively, as was the case in Madrid's UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla.

Isco is likely to regain (albeit temporarily) his place against Fiorentina in Warsaw, in a last-ditch bid to convince Ancelotti that he is indeed the man to take Los Blancos' midfield forward despite the hype surrounding recent big-money signings, amid intense transfer speculation regarding a potential reunion with manager Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

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