Benavente: Isco almost signed for Sabadell for €1,800 a month
Former Malaga Head Scout, Manel Benavente recently revealed that Isco almost signed a contract to play with Segunda side, Sabadell for a mere €1,8000 per month, not the hundreds of thousands he`s now earning with Real Madrid.
Isco will play Malaga for the first time since making his move to the Santiago Bernabeu and Benavente spoke about he almost brought him to Sabadell from Valencia, before bringing him to Malaga, where the project was met with unfulfilled promises.
“Málaga won the lottery with the sheikh but did not go and cash in its ticket. Everything was in place for the club to make the big jump into Europe’s elite and stay there – which is the most difficult part.
“Yes, [he nearly signed for Sabadell] for just €1,800 a month, 12 times a year! It was the 2009-2010 season when I was with Sabadell and I knew the lad was playing for Valencia’s B team in the third division. Things were not going great for him, Unai Emery was not playing him, so I spoke to his agent and we closed a deal for that wage. Then they had second thoughts and Isco decided to stay at Valencia.”
The former scout then discussed the failed project at Malaga, the one that bought Isco from Valencia for €6 million and sold him for €24 million to help bail themselves out of debt.
“Look, if the Málaga project had continued and Cazorla hadn’t gone to Arsenal, Isco would not have had the chance he got last season because they quite simply had to play him.”
Benavente then discussed Isco from a scout`s perspective and believes he will reach his full potential.
“He still has to grow up a bit – we are talking about the Bernabéu… It would have been good for him if Özil had stayed, for me he was more an ally for Isco and not his rival.”