Zinedine Zidane makes Isco decision as Real Madrid prepare for January transfer window

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Real Madrid have reportedly decided to sell attacking midfielder Isco in January in a move which could interest a number of Premier League sides.

The 28-year-old has made just three starts in La Liga so far this season and there are rumours that his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane is deteriorating as he has fallen down his pecking order.

With Isco's contract set to expire at the end of next season, Madrid know they will only be able to get a significant fee for him if they sell him soon.

And according to Spanish outlet El Confidencial they are prepared to sell him as early as January, with Zidane giving his approval for the player to be transfer listed.

Isco has spent a large part of this season on the bench for Real Madrid
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The likes of Arsenal and Everton have been linked with the player recently, with the Toffees a particularly interesting prospect given the success Isco's former Los Blancos teammate James Rodriguez has experienced in England so far.

It is a prospective move which has been met with approval by Brazilian legend Rivaldo, who bigged up the idea of Isco in the Premier League during a recent column for Betfair.

He said: "Isco has had great days at the club and was an important member of the squad for a lot of time, but it's not happening for him at the Bernabeu any longer, so he might look to James Rodriguez 's situation as a good example of how to successfully move on.

"The Colombian attacker is shooting the lights out in England with Everton and I wouldn't be surprised if Isco decided to make a similar move in the near future.

Could Isco link back up with James Rodriguez at Everton?
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"Isco is watching James and knows he's very happy with his decision of leaving Real Madrid for a club where he had the chance to be a regular starter and finally get back to his best form."

Isco has won two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues at the Bernabeu since joining from Malaga in 2013, but his recent lack of football has seen him lose his place in the Spain national team, and the best situation for all parties may be for him to move on.

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