Based on how The Great Trequartista Hunt of 2015 went, there could very well be a sequel to the great tale that saw Juventus go from trying to sign one of Germany's brightest young talents to ending up with, well, an underwhelming option who goes by the name Hernanes.
Rumors are already abound about who Juve might target come the summer months. Things may change in three or four months, but it seems as though one of those rumored options, Real Madrid playmaker Isco, may have taken himself out of the race based on what he said after Spain's game against Romania on Sunday night.
After the match Isco addressed recent transfer rumors when he spoke to the media:"We're a team, I don't feel singled out. Will I join Juve? They need to sell some papers... I'm very happy at Real and I want to complete the remaining portion of my contract (2 more seasons) with Madrid"
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Okay, so, that is somewhat disappointing.
The quote above certainly paints a different kind of picture than what we've heard coming out of the Spanish press in recent weeks and months. If Isco is truly unhappy, he certainly wants the public to think about something else. And, while it's nothing against the media outlets in Spain and/or Italy, I'll take the player's word over newspaper rumors during international breaks.
(And, just to let you know, Sunday's edition of Tuttosport linked Juventus with a summer move for Isco, so there's that little matter to think about.)
With the way things happen at Real Madrid, a roster shakeup obviously is something we should never rule out. That's just the culture there, and they certainly has the financial means to bring in big-money transfer to replace players they have deemed either surplus or not meeting the lofty standards they have in place.
I guess The Great Trequartista Hunt of 2016 is starting just as well as the 2015 version ended. Or maybe Tuttosport is actually onto something. But I'll usually side with logic than international break mumbo jumbo.