Isco targets Decima in debut Madrid season

The former Malaga star also heaped praise on club icon Zinedine Zidane after being unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu
New Real Madrid signing Isco has targeted winning the Decima in his first season with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Jose Mourinho’s three-year tenure at the Bernabeu brought about an improvement in their recent continental fortunes with three Champions League semi-finals but the club are still waiting for their elusive 10th European crown.

Having joined from Malaga on a five-year contract, Isco is now eager to achieve what would be an historic success as soon as possible with Madrid.

“Everyone involved with Real Madrid is anxious for the Decima and we hope we can get it this year,” he told the club’s TV station.

“That is something which would make the fans really happy. Real Madrid is one of the most demanding teams. I hope to play a lot and above all earn my place and win titles, which is what matters most to Real Madrid.

“The majority of this squad has caught my eye when I’ve played against them. Cristiano is a beast, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Sergio Ramos… there is a lot of talent on this team and we hope to use it to win big titles.”

The attacking midfielder said he used to love watching Zinedine Zidane play in the white shirt and was honoured the Frenchman had played a part in signing him.

“Zidane was a delight to watch play - he was pure class,” said Isco.

“I don’t have to describe him; everyone knows how he is. I’m proud that he is placing his trust in me. That is a huge thing.”

Summing up his feelings having gone through his unveiling at the club alongside president Florentino Perez, Isco admitted his rapid rise to the top has even taken him by surprise.

He continued: “It is not every day that you sign with the best squad in the world. This has been the most important day of my career. I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s a little dizzying because three years ago I was in third division and now I’m here at Real Madrid!

“I have to improve everything about my game. I’m 21 years old, I’m just starting out in the world of football and I’ve made it to the best club in the world to see what I’m capable of.”