Out-of-favour Real Madrid star Isco has admitted he will leave the Santiago Bernabeu should he fail to find a place in Zinedine Zidane's plans. The Spaniard added that the Premier League is an option for him, having been linked with both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in recent years.
The 24-year-old said earlier this week that he had never considered leaving the Champions Leagueg winners over the summer as he still wants to become a success at the club. However, during a subsequent interview with Cadena Cope he admitted he will only fight for his place until the end of the season, having started just one La Liga game this campaign.
"Leaving at Christmas is an option that I'm not contemplating. I'm not going to give up so easily, but if at the end of the season I see that I haven't played much, I will look at my options," Isco said. "I'm 24 and if I don't find a place in the starting line-up, I'd like to move. I know what I can do well and if not here, then I'd like to be able to do it elsewhere. I'm happy in Madrid, but what footballers want is to progress and if I can't here, I wouldn't have a problem in looking for an exit. My objective, though, is to triumph at Madrid."
Marca later backed up the claims, while on deadline day AS added that Mauricio Pochettino had personally approached the player to lure him to Spurs, with a return on loan to Malaga being also on the table.
Isco admitted he wants to return to Malaga at some point in his career, as he still maintains a good relationship with the club's owners. However, he added that a move to the Premier League is also an option should he leave Madrid. He previously turned down a switch to Manchester City in the summer of 2013.
"I still have time to think about it. I'm very happy at Real Madrid, but it is true that the choice of Malaga is there, it is my home. I like the Premier League a lot but I think about it as an option for the future. Now I'm only thinking about improving and working hard to earn a place in the Real Madrid line-up. "
He refused to confirm whether Pochettino already tried to lure him to English football during last summer's transfer window.
When asked whether Real Madrid offered him a new deal to send him to Spurs on deadline day, Isco said: "The club have not told me anything about renewing and as I have previously said I have never consider the option to leave Real Madrid. I think everything will be resolved this year."