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Pep Guardiola dismisses Isco move

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared that his side will not be signing four-time Champions League winner Isco from Real Madrid this summer.

​Speculation during the season had linked Isco, who was disappointing in the Champions League final against Liverpool and replaced by match winner Gareth Bale at the hour mark, with a potentially very lucrative move to the Premier League champions.

However, speaking at an event this week, Guardiola has denied any such transfer will happen.

“City aren’t going to sign Isco,” he is quoted as saying by Catalan outlet Sport.

Isco remains under contract at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2022 after signing a new long-term deal just eight months ago. That deal also raised his buyout clause to €700m (£612m).

The Spanish midfielder, who played 49 times in all competitions for Real in 2017/18 and will surpass 250 appearances next season, was very heavily linked with City once before.

 

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