Isco has opened up on the possibility to play for other clubs as he considers leaving Real Madrid next summer.
The 24-year-old has struggled to mark his place in Zinedine Zidane’s regular XI making only five appearances for Los Blancos this season.
Given only a single start so far, the midfielder is in danger of losing his spot in Spain’s national team and is therefore considering a move away from Santiago Bernabéu.
“If I’ve still only made a few appearances by the end of the season, I’ll look elsewhere,” said Isco according to Metro.
“At 24 years of age I have to right to better myself.”
Arsenal have previously been linked with a move for the attacker but they will now have a chance to sign him at the end of the season if the situation at Real remains unchanged.
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However, the Gunners will face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United who are also in contention to sign the Spanish playmaker.
In the past few seasons, Isco has made 32 league appearances on average for the La Liga outfit. But with Zidane’s change in tactical strategy preferring a more aggressive approach, the midfielder has been left regularly in the dugout.
Isco joined Real Madrid in 2013, with his current contract still set to run until 2018 but growing frustration over the lack of first-team action can lead to the Spaniard parting ways with the club before his contract runs out and will be available at a good price.
That said, while Isco would be a fine addition to Wenger’s squad, he wouldn’t be top priority in the summer transfer window next year should Mesut Ozil agree on a contract extension. The Frenchman could very well let other Premier League clubs fight for his signature, should he decide to leave Madrid for better first team opportunities.