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Chelsea have been linked with Real Madrid midfielder Isco for about two years now, but the Blues haven’t really made a tangible bid for the Spain international.

Chelsea are now being linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the January transfer window, with Isco currently fighting for his place at Real Madrid.

Isco has been fighting for a place in the Los Blancos team since Santiago Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui as manager in October, and he has started only one match since Solari took charge and has made another six appearances as a substitute.

He was even booed by Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu during their 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. However, Isco has insisted that he won’t be leaving the club in January.

“I’m very excited about the new year,” Isco told Deportes Cuatro.

“I’m not going to go in the winter market, I’m very happy, of course I want to continue with Madrid to continue winning titles.”

Chelsea currently have another Real Madrid midfielder in the team in Mateo Kovacic who joined the Blues on loan during the summer transfer window.

Kovacic has been a key figure for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri, and the Croatian recently admitted that he will like to remain in Stamford Bridge.

Asked about his loan spell at Chelsea, Kovacic told Sky Sports: “I think it [leaving Real Madrid] was the most important thing I did for now in my career.

“It was a step I wanted a lot, I wanted to come here. I say thank you to my previous club, to Chelsea as well, who wanted me a lot. I am enjoying it and I like it a lot here.

“For now, I am happy here. The city is amazing, the club is one of the best in the world, and my team-mates are great. I need to respect my previous club, Real Madrid.

“I can imagine myself staying here, but I have a contract I need to respect, and that is what I will do. For now, my business is to give my best every day.”

Kovacic also revealed in September that he is prepared to stay at Chelsea beyond this season.

“I’m really happy at Chelsea,” Kovacic said. “The city is amazing, the fans are great, the stadium, everything is nice, so I could imagine myself here.

“After two years of struggling in Madrid, playing and then not playing, it was difficult. You don’t have the confidence, you don’t try the things you know.

“This was my decision to go. Chelsea came, I spoke with the coach and the club. It was definitely just Chelsea for me. I wanted to come here and I am happy that it happened.”

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