Real Madrid midfielder Isco is full with certainty and confidence in the wake of finishing the 2016-17 season with another impressive performance for Spain against Macedonia.
Isco, who has one year left on his contract at Santiago Bernabeu, produced noteworthy assists in Spain’s 2-1 win over in Skopje on Sunday.
The 25-year-old midfielder showed astonishing footwork to beat defender Kire Ristevski and his square pass laid it on a plate for wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa to score from three yards.
Isco, who established himself as a first-team place under Zinedine Zidane as the Spanish giants won La Liga clinch the La Liga title once again since 2012 and the Champions League.
“I have finished the season very well,” Isco told Teledeporte.
“Confidence is key for anyone. From the beginning of the season, I have felt very comfortable.
“I have already said we are close [to a renewal]. I am very happy in Madrid and hope to be there for many years.
“Now it is time to rest as the season has been very long.”
As well as picking up his first assist in Spain colours, the 25-year-old was heavily involved with five shots, three of which tested goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.
Isco feels any of Spain’s players are capable of stealing the show as he turned his attention to September’s crucial Madrid qualifier against Italy, who only trail Julen Lopetegui’s men on goal difference in Group G.
“I think the game against Italy is going to be the most important match in the group,” he said. “But we play at home, so I hope the Bernabeu is a stronghold. Finishing first is dependent on us.
“I’m happy to have the confidence of the coach. I think any of us who play can write the headlines.
“We are content with the three points because that is what we were looking for.”