Last Updated: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:53
Real Madrid are poised to scupper Manchester City's hopes of reuniting Malaga star Isco with his former boss Manuel Pellegrini.
City have been heavily linked with a swoop to sign the 21-year-old Spanish international playmaker since last October when former boss Roberto Mancini was thought to be lining up a £30million January transfer window swoop.
The move did not materialise at the turn of the year because Malaga were still involved in the Champions League and Isco opted to pen a new contract with the Andalusian outfit with a buy-out clause set at 35 million euros.
However, City have maintained an interest in Isco over the remainder of the season and, having enticed the Spanish outfit's coach Pellegrini to replace Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, it seemed to put them in pole-position to secure a deal.
But it appears the player and his father have now discussed a possible move to Real Madrid which would enable him to stay put in his homeland and have arguably a greater chance of securing silverware.
Therefore City will be hoping the fact Isco sees Pellegrini as a father figure from their time together at Malaga will boost their hopes of winning the race for his signature.
The situation surrounding Isco's future is likely to be resolved when Spain's European Under-21 Championship campaign comes to a conclusion in Israel.
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