Adelaide United captain Isaias, wife Sara, son Julen, three months, and daughter Vega, 2. Picture: Bianca De Marchi
Adelaide United captain Isaias, wife Sara, son Julen, three months, and daughter Vega, 2. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

Gombau and City chasing Isaias

ADELAIDE United skipper Isaias says he isn't religious, but perhaps rival A-League clubs Western Sydney and Melbourne City are hoping the Spaniard answers their prayers.

As Isaias prepares to celebrate an Easter Monday Catalonian tradition -  La Mona de Pascua cake (Easter cake), for the first time with three-month-old Julen, wife Sara and another South Australian, daughter Vega - Wanderers and City have been circling for his signature despite the midfielder being contracted to Adelaide until 2020.

It's no surprise given Isaias has been the rock of the Reds since signing in 2013 when Wanderers boss Josep Gombau was in charge.

"Everybody speaks about Western Sydney and also Melbourne City if they are interested,'' Isaias, 31, said.

"This is nice to know that other teams are interested in you, that means you are doing a good job.

"But I'm really focused with Adelaide United. We have three games to finish the league and I'm not thinking about what happens next year and the rumours that people say."

 

Blake Powell of the Mariners tackles Isaias during their Round 20 clash.
Blake Powell of the Mariners tackles Isaias during their Round 20 clash.

 

Isaias will have another cause to celebrate with his young family on Monday.

Apart from indulging in the traditional Catalonian Easter cake, Isaias is only a formality away from becoming a permanent Australian resident.

It  means he will no longer be regarded as an import in Australia according to FIFA's eligibility laws, but he misses the potential to be part of Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk's FIFA World Cup 23-man squad for Russia by a matter of days, after arriving in Adelaide in June, 2013.

Isaias meets FIFA's eligibility rules requirement of having "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association" after the World Cup kicks off.

For Isaias, representing the Socceroos would be his greatest achievement in football.

The one-time plumber and electrician, who didn't have enough money to watch Barcelona at the Camp Nou despite living close enough, has been the best holding midfielder in the A-League for five years.

Isaias got his true professional break under current Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol in Spain's La Liga.

"I am wishing to be eligible to be in the national team but I know even to have the chance to go it's difficult - Australia has a lot of good midfielders,'' Isaias said.

"There are very good players playing in very high divisions in Europe so to have the chance is going to be difficult."

Isaias is again expected to deliver his first-class leadership qualities when Adelaide hosts Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh in a first A-League Good Friday match for SA.

He is walking a suspension tightrope, revealing coach Marco Kurz dragged him in the 77th minute of the 5-2 win over Newcastle Jets last weekend given he was a card away from another suspension this season.

It was the first time Isaias failed to complete 90 minutes after starting this season.