Isco: Real Madrid and Manchester City Want Me

Promising Spanish playmaker Isco has revealed that both Real Madrid and Manchester City have launched bids for him.

The 21-year-old sat down with Spanish newspaper AS before Tuesday’s U21 Championship Final to discuss the tournament, but he ended up spilling the beans on his future.

“Well, I have two offers on the table. I hope to make my decision soon although right now, I am still under contract with Málaga. I know that both Manchester City and Real Madrid are two great clubs. I just want the best outcome for me and for Málaga.” (quotes from AS)

The attacking midfielder has impressed this season, leading Malaga to the quarter finals of both the Champions League and the Copa del Ray, as well as a sixth place finish in the league.

It has been widely reported that he is set to leave the club this summer, and with Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment as City manager being confirmed last week, Isco has been strongly linked with a return to his former boss. However Isco maintains that he hasn’t been in contact with the Chilean yet.

“No, no I haven’t spoken to him. I found out that he would be joining City on the Internet at the time but he hasn’t phoned me. He is a great coach and I hope that it all works out for him in England. He is a fabulous coach – one who did a fantastic job at Málaga – just like he did for his previous clubs so I am sure he will do an equally good job over there. Pellegrini is someone who I already know, I know how he works and he has played a fundamental role in my career during the two seasons he was at Málaga. It’s a factor in favor that we have been at the same club and that I know his working methods but I would say that it would be a decisive factor.”

While having already played under Pellegrini might add to the temptations of joining the blue half of Manchester, Isco says his Spanish teammates, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata have been persuading him to go to Madrid.

One thing is for sure, he hasn’t decided yet. He maintains that the decision is one he will make after the final in Israel. Isco adds that fitting in with a particular playing style is not something he is taking into account.

“Players have to adapt to the team which is already in place. I don’t worry about playing in one team or another depending on what kind of football they play. I have my own characteristics but you always have to adjust to the team.”

Isco is set to line up against Italy on Tuesday, with his side enjoying a flawless run in the European campaign – scoring eight goals and conceding zero. Isco claims that his team is in high spirits leading up to the final.

“We’re very excited about it. Italy are going to make life difficult for us because they are a highly competitive team but we know exactly what we need to do. We have to continue playing as we have until now and believe in our own capabilities.”

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