Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Real Star Reveals City Snub

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Real Star Reveals City Snub

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Real Madrid's Isco REAL Madrid star Isco has revealed the reason he turned down a move to City.

The Blues thought they had the transfer in the bag back in 2013 just after Manuel Pellegrini had been confirmed as the club's new manager.

Pellegrini and Isco had worked together at Malaga and the Chilean made him his No. 1 target as soon as he took control.

Everything had been agreed and the player was set to put pen to paper - but a lastminute intervention scuppered the deal.

Isco decided to wait until after the European Under-21 Championship and that was where City's deal began to unravel.

The playmaker was the star of the tournament and Real Madrid decided they wanted him.

Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata shared a room with him at under- 21 level - and Los Blancos officials coaxed him into calling Isco in a bid to convince him to join them instead. …

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