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Sevilla, Valencia, and AS Roma interested in signing Real Madrid playmaker



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Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool in Paris marked the end of their stay in the Spanish capital for several Los Blancos players. While some like Marcelo, departed due to age-related factors, other younger faces like Isco said their goodbyes on the same day.

With his chapter at Real Madrid officially having come to an end, Isco has three options on the table, according to reports from Diario AS.

The first option is to continue his career in La Liga, which is also said to be the player’s priority. Julen Lopetegui has worked with the midfielder in the past and is said to have personally requested Sevilla’s board to sign him.

The other Spanish option on the table is Valencia. Los Che are set to appoint Gennaro Gattuso as their manager soon, and he is apparently spearheading this demand for Isco.

Isco’s third option is to make the move to Italy. AS Roma are reportedly looking for a ‘big name signing’ after winning the UEFA Conference League and have been in constant contact with the Spanish international.

Moreover, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho shares the same representative as Isco, Jorge Mendes. The super-agent is also said to be burning the midnight oil to make the move possible.

The 30-year-old started only three league games for Los Blancos in 2021-22 and scored one goal. He averaged 0.7 key passes per game and created three big chances. Speaking after Real Madrid’s UCL win, Isco said,

“Apart from fulfilling dreams, winning more titles than I had ever imagined, playing with the greatest players, meeting incredible people – I have had the best time. See you always and Hala Madrid.”

His departure has been officially announced by the club, and the player is now a free agent. That said, Roma are expected to push hard to make his arrival possible with the lowest possible investment.

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Real Madrid rising star suffered against Atletico due to veteran forward’s absence, says Simeone



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Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid was not the first time were in trouble this season. In fact, the Merengues have gone behind early in almost every league game so far.

However, the difference on Sunday night was that they never really mounted a comeback. More importantly, Jude Bellingham did not come good, for the first time.

Simeone unravels the mystery

A jubilant Diego Simeone spoke to the media after his side downed Real Madrid by three goals to one and spoke about a plethora of topics. 

Interestingly, he commented specifically on why Bellingham did not have an impact at Civitas Metropolitano, citing the absence of Joselu as a key factor.

“No, the spaces were reduced and I think that Joselu’s lack of presence left him with fewer chances to get there, when he takes advantage of Joselu’s aerial play. We controlled him better, he’s extraordinary,” he said, as quoted by AS.

He even called out the refereeing on the night and insisted that the Real Madrid star-boy should have seen red for his late tackle on Angel Correa, saying:

“It looked like a sending-off to me live, it was a hard leg up, with Angelito hitting the ball.”

Joselu’s absence affected Bellingham, believes Simeone. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Ironically, he defended his defender Jose Maria Gimenez for an equally threatening tackle on the night.

“A bad foul, it’s a yellow card because it goes sideways. Bellingham goes from the front and I think it’s a bit more,” he stated paradoxically.

No time to lament

The game at Civitas Metropolitano may not have gone Real Madrid’s way. Yet, it is good for the Merengues to taste defeat early and see the gaping holes in their dynamic.

Carlo Ancelotti admitted in his press conference that he bore the lion’s share of the fault for Sunday’s loss and that he would have done things differently if given the chance.

“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility,” he stated.

Nevertheless, Los Blancos have a hectic schedule ahead with two games in the next five days and a UCL fixture against Napoli next week. With Vinicius Jr back, one hopes they find their mojo once again.

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