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Isco admits it’s a two-horse race

  • 17 June 2013 08:22
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Possibly the most exciting midfield talent in Europe has hinted there are only two clubs he is thinking about joining this summer – and will reveal his decision in a week’s time.

The Malaga star has lit up the Under-21 Championships in Israel over the past few days, leaving City fans drooling at the prospect of a David Silva, Jesus Navas and Isco forming an irresistible trio behind the Blues’ strikers.

But, as with everything in life, it’s not quite as simple as that – not when Real Madrid are the other team courting the youngster.

With Madrid players bending Isco’s ear in Israel, it looks like the proposed transfer could go either way.

John Percy in the Daily Telegraph writes: “It will require a fee of £30million to prise the 21-year-old Isco from his Spanish club and Pellegrini has made him a priority target after his appointment as City manager was confirmed officially on Friday.

“Real are also long-term admirers and could rival City in the chase to sign the exciting midfielder.

Isco said: “Those [Alvaro Morata, Nacho and Daniel Carvajal] indeed are the guys insisting [for the move to Real Madrid]. We’ll see what happens. I try to draw the line there. We have the [European] Under-21 final and need to focus all five senses on that now.


In seven days I will decide my future. After the U21 Euros I will analyse my situation and make the best choice for my future. At the moment I am calm and focused on my work with the national team



“City or Madrid? I can’t say. Pellegrini is a great coach, though, of that there is no question.”

Pellegrini, who will be unveiled as manager at City when the Premier League runners-up of last campaign return to pre-season training, signed Isco from Valencia in 2011 and played a pivotal part in nurturing him to emerge as one of Spain’s most coveted young talents.

“City have already signed Fernandinho and Jesus Navas this summer and the club’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, has promised further “expensive” recruits.”

Fingers crossed on that one, then!

Elsewhere, Here Is the City have picked up on a Sergio Aguero tweet in which the darling of the Etihad claims his heart is red – but worry not – it’s not that shade of red he’s talking about!

Writes Nash: “(The tweet is) not because of a secret affinity for Manchester United; but because his beloved Independiente suffered relegation from Argentina's Primera Division this weekend.

“Panic over Manchester City fans? After reading the sidebar you should now be well aware that Aguero was not talking about great city rivals Manchester United when he expressed this passionate Tweet on Saturday evening.

“Roughly translated the Tweet reads: "I said it when it happened to River Plate and reiterate it today. The big ones always come back! Always red in my heart. Today more than ever."

“Indeed the Argentine striker was instead showing his passion for former club Independiente; and with good reason to; because his former side have been relegated for the first time in their 108-year history after a 1-0 defeat against San Lorenzo.”

Never doubted it!

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