Carlo Ancelotti has responded to the rumours that Everton are in the market for Real Madrid midfielder Isco. The Spaniard is reportedly looking to leave Real during the winter transfer window as he looks for regular first team football ahead of the European Championship. Isco has been heavily linked with a move to Everton in recent weeks.
It was suggested that Ancelotti had asked the board at Everton to make a move for Isco. “It is not true that I am behind Isco”, Ancelotti said when he was quizzed on the rumours of Isco while talking to DIRECTV Sports CO. “We haven’t started thinking about the team for the January market. So those comments are, as they say here, bullsh*t.”
If Everton would make an offer for Isco it would be the second time they have negotiated with Real this campaign after successfully signing James Rodriguez during the summer. “James Rodriguez started very well”, Ancelotti said. “It is true that after playing against Liverpool he had problems because he had a blow and difficulty in recovering. He played a game where he had not trained well [against Southampton] and performance has dropped for this reason.”
“The quality of the player is not discussed; it has never been discussed either at Real Madrid or at Bayern Munich“, Ancelotti added. “I think that [with] these two teams, [he] had more difficulty because there is more competition in the team and, sometimes, it can happen that you don’t play. I think it’s more important for him to play than to train. In my opinion, he can have a good physical level if he plays – this is why he hasn’t played much at Real Madrid. Changing a team that has been successful is much more complicated.”