Spain international Isco wants to join Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City
Monday 27 May 2013
Manchester City will land the Spain international Isco ahead of Real Madrid, after the Malaga midfielder vowed to follow manager Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad.
The 21-year-old has been the No 1 target for City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, for some time, but Real Madrid had intervened and met Isco's father and agent last week.
However, despite Madrid's interest Isco said last night: "Pellegrini has been my footballing father and I know that he wants me in his new project and I would like to continue with him."
The midfielder even told reporters at Spain's Under-21 headquarters in Madrid: "I still need to work on my English though."
Real Madrid's president, Florentino Perez, is desperate to land a big signing before June elections and is worried that the club will not be able to prise Gareth Bale away from Tottenham. Isco had become a late alternative.
"Real Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world but my priority is to play," Isco said. "This is a very important decision for my future and I don't want to get it wrong."
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Company reveals $542m investment in start-up building 'a rocket ship for the mind'
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments