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Striker will remain with Spanish club having spent last season on loan from City

Family death in Spain 'linked to child's disability'

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Malaga midfielder Francisco R. Alarcon 'Isco' celebrates his goal against Deportivo de La Coruna

Isco reveals Real Madrid and Manchester City have made offers for him

The Spain international appears certain to leave Malaga this summer

Sevilla winger may follow Isco to join Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium

Jesus Navas hints at £20m switch to Manchester City as Real Madrid bid to keep Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid are expected to step up their transfer activity this week

Malaga playmaker Isco

Manchester City face competition from Real Madrid for Isco, according to reports in Spain

The 21-year-old Spain international is under contract until 2016

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