Man Utd target Isco 'doing his talking on the pitch'

The Spain international midfielder's future at the Santiago Bernabeu remains in doubt but the former striker praises his maturity, while playing down any idea of pressure


Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes has praised Isco for attempting to prove a point on the pitch, as speculation over his future continues to rage.

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Isco was heavily linked with a potential move away from the Spanish giants in the summer, with Tottenham and his old side, Malaga, reportedly taking an interest in acquiring his signature, while Manchester United have been linked more recently.

The 24-year-old has admitted that it is not up to him if he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu but Morientes sympathises with the midfielder's plight, praising his maturity.

"All the players are selfish, we want to play as much as possible," he told Goal. "Last matchday, Isco played and, ultimately, when you play for a team like Real Madrid with so much games and competitions, you always find your moment to talk on the pitch.

"That's what Isco is doing, talking on the pitch and not in the media. That;s interesting.

"We have the Isco case, the James case... Real Madrid always have these kinds of cases. They're great players. Usually one player has to be ruled out and it's the manager who has to take this decision."

Morientes, who won the Champions League three times as a player, is also intrigued by the friendly rivalry between Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema for a starting spot under Zinedine Zidane.

"They are great players that are fighting for a single position, as Zidane has proved he loves 4-3-3 formation," he added. "They are in charge of materialising all the chances created by Real Madrid. At the end, Zidane has to decide as he sees how players are every day."

Real have failed to win their last three league games but Morientes maintains that Los Blancos are on track, as they sit joint-top alongside Atletico Madrid.

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"It has been like this in the past, it's like this in the present and it will be like this in the future," he replied when asked about the pressure that the club are under.

"It's part of Real Madrid and the responsibility of managing this club. Those who have played [for Real Madrid] know what happens when you lose or draw a game.

"Being leaders alongside Atletico Madrid, it's difficult to say it has been a bad start. It's true that feelings during the last three games have not been the best but, if Real Madrid had won all the points, then they would have too much advantage.

"I think that means more interest for La Liga and for the competition. We'll see what happens."