10 August 2013
Alberto Navarro (Saint Louis)
Real Madrid is a little over a week away from the 2013/2014 season’s official competition debut and Isco, one of the squad’s newest reinforcements, analysed the team’s solid preseason performance: “Everything’s been going really well. I adapted fairly quickly and my teammates have helped me loads. There’s a really good vibe and we have to keep it that way. The boss wants us to have the ball and have freedom and creativity on the pitch. I think that we’re going to see a really beautiful Real Madrid this season”. Isco was also happy about being included on the Spanish national team’s call up for the upcoming Ecuador-Spain friendly: “I’m really happy; it’s always wonderful that your country’s national team calls you and my teammates congratulated me”.
The midfielder has been with Real Madrid for just over a month and his pleasure at being part of the squad is clear: “I’m happy about the way everything is going and because things are going well. We’re having a good preseason, the team is great and we hope it keeps up. I arrived with all the enthusiasm in the world and the coach has the utmost trust in me. I’ve always been a starting player and I’m very happy about how things are going with me and I hope to stay this way for a long time”.
The Whites are undefeated this preseason and Isco commented on the top form of his team and his teammates so far: “I’m really happy with the team’s situation, about how I’m carrying along with my teammates and satisfied with the vibe ahead of the season’s start. They’re all very good. Cristiano has spectacular power and form; he covers a lot of ground”. The midfielder also spoke about his position on the pitch: “I didn’t play as defensively with Malaga but I’ll adapt to whatever the team asks. Things are going well for me and I hope it stays that way”.
Isco also commented on the news of his call up to the national team, his first as a player for the Whites: “I’m very happy. Everything’s going smoothly. I’m happy about how it’s all been going and also about the call up. I heard the news this morning and I’m really happy. I woke up and first thing I started to receive messages and calls from my family to congratulate me. It’s the best possible way to start the day, it’s great. I had forgotten that I was on the list”. About the reaction of his teammates he said: “They congratulated me. They congratulated me one by one and I’m really happy about everything. I’ve played with them before in other matches and I’m really excited to play in the game against Ecuador”.
But Isco is aware of the difficulty involved in playing with the national squad: “It’s time to keep working. What matters is to continue to be part of the coach’s plans, even if it’s in the background for now, and to keep working in order to be called up more often. I’m very happy to be included on the new list. It’s a responsibility and a sign that things are going well. It’s great that five of the Under-20 champions have been brought up. And there are others that could have been promoted just like us. It’s wonderful when people expect something good from you. Spain is backed by a generation that has won a lot and we hope that the national squad stays the same. I was happy to have been called up when I was with Malaga and happy to do it with Madrid now”.
Isco was pleasantly surprised with the squad’s American tour: “I’ve never been and the truth is that people here go crazy for Real Madrid. We got a lot of support and we’re having a great preseason”. Finally, when asked about Tottenham player Bale, the midfielder replied: “We played really well, the team is really balanced but if he comes he’ll be another plus, which is never a bad thing. He’s a great player. I think we’ve got a solid team, although he’s a good reinforcement”.