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Notes & Quotes: January 29, 2019; Open Thread

Enrique speaks on Isco and Ramos’ role in Spain, Carvajal wishes luck to Morata at Atlético, and El Chiringuito makes a bold statement on Marcelo and Isco

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Enrique speaks on Isco with Spanish team, praises Ramos

The Spanish National Team’s manager Luis Enrique has commented on Isco’s place with the squad and if he will potentially be called up.

“Right now, I do not know if I will call him up, we will treat each case individually.

“There are still two months left for the list, though I would prefer that he was playing more minutes, like those who do not play as much [for Spain], but football is like that.”

This sounds a bit troubling for Isco’s role with the Spanish team moving forward. He obviously has not played that much this season for Real, especially under Solari, but he still has a great amount of talent and skill.

Not playing definitely hinders Isco for international football, of course when Spain has a good amount of talent that are looking for a spot. I would suspect Isco will get a call up, but at least in Enrique’s mind right now, it’s not a guarantee.

Enrique also took the opportunity to send some praise Sergio Ramos’ way in his interview.

“He’s not just a centerback, he’s a midfielder, a forward. Whatever he wants to be, he will be.”

“His level is beyond doubt, his scoring data is amazing for a defender, who has the spirit of an attacker.”

The way Enrique is describing Ramos is a bit of a Swiss Army knife role, which is fitting considering all he can do. He’s certainly had his struggles this season, but he has been in great form as of late. He’s been scoring quite a bit, specifically from headers and Panenka penalties, and that will hopefully continue even in the face of injury.

Carvajal sends his best to Morata joining Atlético

Dani Carvajal has commented on his friend and former teammate Alvaro Morata joining the rival Madrid club.

“They are decisions of each player. I do not judge him.”

“If he is happy at Atletico, I am happy for him. He is my friend and I wish him the best.”

“I’m happy for him because in England he did not have many opportunities.”

“We just hope he does not have a good game against us.”

Morata has now gone from a Real player to a Real rival, basically the opposite of Thibaut Courtois who went from Atlético to Chelsea and now Real Madrid.

Now, he is off to another top club and looking for another chance at redemption. His replacement at Chelsea, Higuain, has had his own share of scoring problems. Morata now doesn’t have to be solely relied on with Costa and Kalinic around him as other striking options.

No real hard feelings towards Morata, but of course he is now a direct rival.

El Chiringuito commentator makes bold prediction regarding Marcelo and Isco’s futures

Eduardo Inda was on El Chiringuito where he claimed that both Marcelo and Isco will be out of Real Madrid this summer. He’s not the first to say this, we’ve all seen the constant rumors of Isco joining Manchester City and Marcelo joining up with Ronaldo at Juventus.

Inda also made claims that Real Madrid have a set list of players they want out this summer, which supposedly includes Marcelo and Isco, Vazquez, Navas, Ceballos, and Vallejo. This feels like just throwing more random darts at a board, there’s no way to know if Inda has really seen a list of these players.

As is the case with most rumors, they never come to fruition. Of course if you link enough of them, especially when some don’t get much playtime, it’s easy to take advantage of that and create rumors.

Obviously we’ll see this summer if any of these names come true and if truly this supposed list worked.

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