Isco to join Real Madrid

Malaga playmaker Isco, coveted by Manchester City, has decided against moving to the Etihad Stadium in favour of signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, The Sun has reported.

The 21-year-old, who helped Spain to winning the recent European U-21 Championship, has been the subject of a battle between the two sides throughout the summer, but it now appears as though he has turned down the chance to work under his former boss, Manuel Pelligrini, due to the lure of playing for Real.

Their president Florentino Perez announced the deal, expected to be in the region of £30m during a Spanish radio interview, saying that they hope to present him next week after a medical. Isco will sign a five-year contract at the Bernabeu.

The deal represents Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing since taking over at Real Madrid, adding to an already highly talented area of the team, and a large blow for Man City, as they saw him as a very important target. The club have just sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus, and look somewhat short in attack. Isco’s decision not to move to England leaves them to pursue other targets.

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