Real Madrid acknowledge Isco’s departure | football news

MADRID: Real Madrid on Wednesday confirmed Isco’s exit, calling the Spanish midfielder a “legend of the club”.
Isco’s contract expires at the end of the month and the 30-year-old is considering his next move. He has been linked with Real Betis and Sevilla.
“Real Madrid would like to express their gratitude and affection to Francisco Alarcon ‘Isco’ who, in these nine years of defending our crest and shirt, has managed to become a legend of our club,” the club said in a statement club.
“His football has left a mark on all the madridistas who have shared with him this long journey of success with great unforgettable moments.”
Isco joined Real Madrid from Malaga aged 21, winning five Champions Leagues, three La Ligas and one Copa del Rey.
He made 353 appearances in his nine seasons for the club and featured in four Champions League finals, including two as a starter, against Juventus in 2017 and Liverpool in 2018.
But Isco has been a fringe player in recent seasons and was not picked by Carlo Ancelotti to play a single minute in Real Madrid’s recent triumphant Champions League season.
Isco wrote a farewell message on social media on Monday. He said: “After nine years, I’m finishing my time at the club that allowed me to fulfill all the dreams I had when I was little.”

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