Saturday, 22 June 2013

Isco mischief

Reports are rife this afternoon that Isco has finally decided on a move to Real Madrid over Manchester City. Sounds like a load of fishy paella to me!

Now I’m not saying that the young, Spanish creative midfielder WON’T choose The Whites over the Sky Blue Citizens but reports from both AS futbol and Marca are, for me, WAY wide of the mark.

Having no knowledge of either of these publications I have no idea of the quality of these news sources – they could be the English version of the gutter-press, sensationalist ‘red tops’.

But having read through both articles, there are no new quotes from Isco and so the situation is status quo - both Clubs have put in acceptable bids; Isco is simply to decide who he wants join (by Sunday 23rd June or early next week by all accounts).

So what if he chooses Real?

First of all I need to say that as a long-time Manchester City fan I still need to pinch myself sometimes. After all, it was just over 14 years ago that we were battling our way out of the 3rd tier of English football in a nervy final against Gillingham!

Now we find ourselves seriously battling with the biggest teams in the WORLD for the top stars in the beautiful game. Of course we now have the money to pay big wages; I’m not naive to that fact. But the footballing romantic side of me still clings onto the hope that, sold to potential new signings in the right way; would-be star arrivals must surely see the very bright future that lays ahead of our ever-improving, wonderful football club – dare I say…’the project’.

Link: City's new training complex - due for completion in 2015
Link: 6,000 expansion of the South Stand - Due to commence Jan '14

But of course Real Madrid have been at the top for decades and so it wouldn’t be a total surprise – nor should it be seen as a disgrace – if Isco chooses the Spanish giants over the rising phoenix in Manchester.

Ironically you have to ask the question, would Real capturing the signature of Isco make them more likely to consider the possibility of off-loading winger Angel Di Maria? With 2 years remaining on his 5-year contact; it’s certainly a possibility and one, which, we should definitely consider taking advantage of. Angel on the left and Jesus on the right? For me, that’s a worthy of a….WOW!

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