Isco is now officially a free agent after terminating his contract with Sevilla and this is the story of what went wrong for him, amid claims he may make a move to Wolves next month.
AS have produced a detailed report today about the 30-year-old and why is time at the club has already ended.
Isco only signed for Sevilla in the summer just gone.
He had enjoyed a hugely successful nine-year spell at Real Madrid, and helped the club to win five Champions League titles during that period. The club also won La Liga three times.
His contract expired at the Bernabeu, with officials deciding the time was right for him to go.
He had become far less integral, and the player was ready for a new challenge.
And it was Sevilla who would win the race for the attacking midfielder, and it was largely down to Julen Lopetegui that he made that move.
Not all Sevilla fans were convinced about his signing, given his lack of involvement for Real Madrid towards the end of his time there.
But Lopetegui had worked with the player in the past, and was instrumental in bringing him to Sevilla.
The notion of Isco being a major coup for Sevilla as a free signing was quickly banished.
The player came to the club without a pre-season under his belt, and he did not arrive in peak physical condition.
AS state that Sevilla already had a number of players with a similar profile to him, like Oliver Torres, Papu Gomez and Suso.
Sevilla’s form was poor, and Isco was struggling to make an impact.
Given he was signed on the sole orders of Lopetegui, people quickly turned on the playmaker.
It is also claimed Isco just didn’t fit at the club, both on the pitch and in the dressing room.
AS also say that Isco arrived back at Sevilla after a mini-break (for non-World Cup players) out of shape. And there are suggestions that Isco frustrated Jorge Sampaoli by ‘missing several group training sessions due to undetermined physical problems’.
Wolves need to do their due diligence on Isco, amid claims of interest from Julen Lopetegui
AS really don’t paint a very good picture of Isco’s move to Sevilla.
Indeed, the title of their article is ‘Isco, the disaster signing’ which is a little bit concerning from a Wolves point of view.
Especially because by many accounts, he was someone who was pretty much signed on Lopetegui’s say so.
Wolves have been linked with a move for the maestro and if officials do have interest, then it’s important for them to establish what actually happened at Sevilla.
Clearly something went really wrong for him to have terminated his contract already. AS are claiming what they’re claiming, but who knows how much of what they say is true.