Last Updated: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:25
Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly angry that Isco has performed a U-turn to snub Manchester City for Real Madrid to secure more money.
The new City boss was poised to welcome Isco to the Etihad Stadium this summer after reports in Spain suggested the highly-rated Spanish playmaker wanted to follow his former Malaga coach to the Premier League this summer.
Isco's reasoning for snubbing a chance to stay in Spain with Madrid was because he viewed Pellegrini as a father-figure and would have a better chance of regular first-team football at City in the build up to next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, the situation appears to have changed over the weekend with Spanish publication El Confidencial reporting that Real Madrid have moved to offer Malaga 27 million euros and Isco a better deal to ensure he rejects a move to City and stays put in La Liga.
And, as the player has previously stated that he wanted to get the best possible deal for cash-strapped Malaga, it appears that he will move to the Bernabeu in this transfer window.
It has led to an angry response from Pellegrini after City had worked hard to virtually tie up a deal for Isco. And with Real Madrid looking set to win the race for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, the Chilean tactician will now have to go back to the drawing board to find alternative targets with Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez linked on Sunday.
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