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Tottenham-linked star says he could leave Real Madrid this summer

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Everyone back aboard the Isco hype train! CHOO CHOO!

Real Madrid CF v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Fire up the speculation engine! The Isco-to-Tottenham Hotspur rumors are suddenly trendy again after the Real Madrid star said that he’s still willing to entertain a departure to a new club this summer.

Spurs were linked, with somewhat dubious levels of certainty, with Isco all throughout the summer transfer window after a disappointing season at the Bernabeu and hints that he was dissatisfied with life at Madrid.

This season has been a little better, but Isco is still not considered a first choice player for Zinedine Zidane, and he admitted after Madrid’s win over Espanyol this weekend – a game in which he tallied two assists – that he will consider his options at the end of the season.

“I am calm though I am worried about getting more minutes. I am very happy here but a player's career is small.

"We'll make a decision at the end of the season - it's my future at stake."

Naturally, this has led to renewed speculation that Isco might be amenable to a move to the Premier League (i.e. “Premier League sides on HIGH ALERT”), with Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal at the top of the list.

I don’t have to really reiterate that Isco would be a fantastic signing for Spurs. He’s only 24, and though he hasn’t made it at Madrid, that’s not exactly a disqualifying statistic when you’re on one of the best football clubs in the world.

No, of course this isn’t a thing yet, it’s a media-driven collective freak-out. IF Isco leaves this summer, and IF Spurs really are interested, they’ll still face an uphill battle to sign him along with top English teams that can pay him higher wages along with whatever other Spanish clubs that might want to make a play for him. This isn’t something to get excited about yet.

Kinda fun to dream, though, isn’t it?