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The Isco Kid

The Isco Kid

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27 / / Mar 22, 2013 10:02 AM
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Malaga starlet Isco is one of the form players in European football at the moment.

At just 20-years-old, the classy attacking midfielder has the world at his feet, and it is no surprise that he has been included in Spain’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Superstar midfielder Xavi may be struggling with an injury, but even if he was fit, Isco would not look out of place alongside him.

It is largely due to Isco’s exploits that Malaga have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and with every eye-catching display for his club his cachet grows.

Malaga’s economic woes are well-known, and they have sold their most bankable assets as a matter of course over the past two seasons.

Having witnessed his blossoming career first-hand, Barcelona and Real Madrid are thought to be considering moves for Isco, and Chelsea are also rumoured to be partial to paying the estimated €35 million Malaga could ask for him.

And so Isco accepts that there is a chance he will not be a Malaga player next season, even if he is happy with life at La Rosaleda.

“Nobody knows about that,” Isco said from the Spain camp, when asked where his club future lies.

“I am here now, tomorrow we will see.

“I’ve been a Malaga fan since I was small. I was a junior socio (club member) before I left for Valencia, and I am very happy to be here now and learning a lot.

“We will see what happens next, it is not something that concerns me a lot right now. I am enjoying my life at the moment.”

Wherever he lands up playing, Isco acknowledges he will owe a debt of gratitude to Malaga’s impressive Chilean manager, Manuel Pellegrini, who has helped mould him into one of football’s most coveted youngsters.

“I arrived aged 19, just a boy, without having played in the first division,” he said. “I came into a dressing room with [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy, [Jeremy] Toulalan and Joaquin.

"I learned something in every training session and every game, I know I am only beginning in football. Pellegrini tells me to just play football, to get on the ball and link up with my teammates. He has given me all the confidence in the world.”

Meanwhile, Isco also confirmed that he had named his dog after Barcelona star Lionel Messi, because he sees some similarities between the two!

“It is a labrador, I got it as a present the day after Messi put four goals past Arsenal,” Isco said.

“I gave him that name because Messi is the best in the world, and so is my dog.”

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Cashmani Level 1
This boy iz a gr8 footballer.u hardly hear ppl talk abwt hm coz he playz 4 a small team mayb they hevnt evin seen hm play

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Totti10 Level 3
Lorrrrl mxm Isco don't do this because the guy is midget doesn't mean you must name your Small dog Messi yeses...

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Cbucsok Level 3
I wud love to c dis boy playing fo Barca he is a gem, n d age is still on his side, vumelani abantwana babantu beze kuMessi he is their idol.nuff said.

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vyzouw Level 1
U killed me ryt there.

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vyzouw Level 1
@dr boom hahaha what kind of meal would this dog be privileged to cule?Hahaha u killed ryt there.

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fasta01 Level 1
its so gud whn ur team has role models dt attract young playas 2 the team,no playa wud say i want 2 b lyk pepe,etc

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Hlubzin Level 2
I named my dog Austin it was a badass jus lyk Stone Cold!!...

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Maluti A Lesotho Level 4
I named my car Messi.....everythng is named aftr him

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Chiefester Level 4
@andycarroll9 Yeah you got me I forgot Torres & De Gea

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tsekmessi10 Level 2
This team s becoming everybody's tuck shop, remember arsenal already lured two of their best players,isco kid is next nd he is advertising himself

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andycarroll9 Level 1
Antonio Cassano just named his son Lionel for the same reason. Most rational people are agreed on the Messi/CR7 debate. CR7= amazing player, head and shoulders the second best in the world. Just unlucky to be playing at the same time as the greatest player of his generation. And before you rabid haters start dumping on me- I believe Isco and Cassano more than i believe you!

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inja_ye_life Level 1
Messi is everything he is awesome! I dnt blame this young gun...he wil also name his 1st born Leonel trust me.

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Dr Boom Level 1
Dog means a lot to celebraties, expecially White people...Isco's Dog might be eating single meal worth more than what you eat the whole week!...@Matikila

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Dr Boom Level 1
Dog means a lot to celebraties, expecially White people...Isco's Dog might be eating single meal worth more than what you eat the whole week!

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Musawenkosi84 Level 5
I will not be happy if someone names a dog after me.... Intentions are good, but still...

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