Here’s why Everton could still sign Isco despite Ancelotti shutting down the rumours

Isco links to Everton have been rolling around the media.

Isco has had one of the most barren seasons as a Real Madrid player with the Spaniard falling down the pecking order, not featuring in Zinedine Zidane’s plans. The 28 year old has played just 285 minutes of football this season, raising questions over his future at Santiago Bernabeu.

It all began when Mirror stated that Isco is keen to unite with Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodriguez at Everton. Since then the rumour mill has started rolling with a new report everyday adding a new dimension.

We generally see managers remain tight lipped over a potential transfer or a transfer link but Carlo Ancelotti has been very clear about Isco in the media. He has blatantly denied any talks with the Spaniard and deemed it as a rumour originating from the media.

It is not true that I am behind Isco. We haven’t started thinking about the team for the January market. So those comments are, as they say here, bulls***.

Isco is a rumour from the media. It did not go out from our side. We are not talking about the market in this period. We are talking about the problems we have now. (via Mirror)

Despite the denial, Evertonians can remain hopeful of the Spaniard’s signing. This situation is very similar to the one that arose during the summer transfer window with James Rodriguez. The transfer speculations had started gaining momentum and a move to Goodison was heavily touted.

Ancelotti remained coy over the speculations and pressed that Rodriguez to Everton won’t happen. In the background, the Italian and Marcel Brands would have been probably working to get a deal in place with Real.

James Rodríguez? I like him a lot as a player. When I left Madrid, James Rodríguez followed me to Munich. But he followed me as a rumour to Napoli and now he is following me to Everton as a rumour. I have to be honest – I like him a lot. But he is a Real Madrid player and I think he will still be a Real Madrid player. (via Goal)

Obviously, a manager won’t admit that talks are going on with a club over the transfer of a player unless it’s in the final stages. So, there’s no reason for Ancelotti to mention or admit anything in front of the press.

However, there’s no reason to not believe that Everton won’t sign Isco and from previous observations, it can be one of Ancelotti’s tricks. Who knows work is already in progress behind the scenes to bring Isco.

It very much looks like Isco’s time at Real Madrid is up and in order to play regular football again he may well have to push for an exit in January. We’ll come to know whether the destination is Everton or some other club in a month’s time.