Mauricio Isla may still be on Juventus' books, but he is no longer on their roster.
With the announcement on Wednesday that the 26-year-old Chilean wingback is heading out on loan to newly-promoted English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, Isla's future in Turin is now known. Or, to say in a couple more words, Isla's no longer in Juventus' plans and has been banished off to England to try and revive a career that has failed to get off the ground following a serious knee injury two years ago.
From Queens Park Rangers' official website:
QPR have completed the season-long loan signing of versatile Juventus ace Mauricio Isla.
The Chilean international, who starred in all four of his country's World Cup fixtures this summer, has put pen to paper on a loan deal for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign.
Isla's arrival represents a significant coup for Rangers, who beat off firm interest from a number of club's for the 26 year-old's signature.
UPDATE: The announcement from Juventus' website...
Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Mauricio Isla has joined English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers on a one-season loan deal.
The agreement includes the option for the London-based club to make Isla's switch permanent at the end of the campaign.
The financials of the deal are pretty simple: It's an initial €1.2 million loan fee for the 2014-15 season, and then QPR have the option to buy Isla outright next summer for a fee of €10 million. That is, if they remain in the English Premier League for a second straight season. Minor details, of course.
Isla's "new adventure" will be what hopes is the exact opposite of what went down in Turin the last two years. He was expected by some to give Stephan Lichtsteiner a serious run for his money in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 formation. Instead, playing time was inconsistent as inconsistent gets, and the pre-knee injury form he had during his days with Udinese never returned. There may have been a few glimpses, but nothing substantial.
Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.
Regardless, he'll be waiting for big that move to Real Madrid in no time. It's a dream of his, you know.
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