For some time now, it’s been abundantly clear that there isn’t enough room at Real Madrid for both Isco and James Rodriguez.
However, rather than offloading one of the technically-gifted playmakers, it seems Los Blancos are ready to sell them both in the summer.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand that Real Madrid will attempt to cash-in on both players after growing increasingly frustrated with their below-par performances and attitudes.
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Real Madrid, according to the report, are ready to listen to offers for the duo and will sell if the price is right.
Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s controversial president, is unhappy that neither attacking midfielder has responded with improved performances following the arrival of Zinedine Zidane in January.
Perez is annoyed with James for two reasons
Perez is annoyed with James, in particular, for two reasons. The first is that his form has dipped significantly compared to last season, and the second is that - despite his poor performances - he recently demanded a pay rise.
This has irked the Real Madrid hierarchy and they are now prepared to sell the Colombia international, whose eye-catching performances at the 2014 World Cup finals earned him a £63 million move from AS Monaco.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are understood to be monitoring James’s situation and could make a move when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
Real Madrid frustrated with Isco for similar reasons
As for Isco, Real Madrid chiefs are frustrated that he too has failed to respond following Zidane’s promotion two months ago.
The 23-year-old’s attitude has also been called into question in recent weeks.
Isco barely celebrated his late goal against Levante earlier this month, and reacted badly after being subbed off by Zinedine Zidane against Las Palmas last Sunday.
Former Real Madrid player and coach, Jorge Valdano, criticised Isco’s behaviour - describing his decision to chuck away his jacket and shin pads while sat in the dugout as ‘immature’.
"That is not a good contribution to the atmosphere that teams need," Valdano was quoted as saying by ESPN. ”It is not the behaviour of a mature player. He will feel a debt to his team."
By selling both players, Real Madrid could expect tor receive a combined fee of around £100 million.
Despite their problems this season, both attacking midfielders possess class in abundance and have the talent to make a real impact at any of Europe’s top clubs.
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