Former Real Madrid midfielder Isco has suggested that he wants the Los Blancos to win the La Liga title this season only if Real Betis fail to do the honour.
Isco’s Real Betis team was recently hammered 5-0 by Barcelona, and while speaking after the game, the 31-year-old shed light on several aspects while also admitting that he should have left Madrid much before he actually did.
Isco spent nine seasons at Madrid and although his initial years were perfect, the number of appearances diminished towards the end of his tenure.
In comparison, he made more than 50 appearances in each of his first two seasons but the number went down to 29 and 17 in his last two years respectively.
“I don’t feel like I’ve been treated unfairly in recent years, although I think I could have played more. Football is complex and you have to know how to adapt to each situation. I focus on what I can do to change things, rather than what others can do,” the midfielder was quoted by AS.
Returning to Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid aren’t facing Betis at home until the final matchday of the 2023-24 season, but the midfielder has said that he hopes to receive a good reception from the fans because Madrid was the ‘most important team’ of his career.
“I would like to have a great reception from the fans because Real Madrid was the most important team of my sporting career, which I will always love and respect.
“I always tried to give my best, although perhaps I should have left earlier due to my situation in the last stage. But you learn from everything,” he said.
His favourites for La Liga
Lastly, when asked which team is he rooting for to win the league, he added that although Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico are all favourites, he is supporting Real Madrid, but only after Betis.
“Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid are the main candidates to win LaLiga. Real Madrid started strong, but the Spanish League is long and it is too early to bet. If Betis can’t win it, let Real Madrid win it,” he added.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.