Isco closing on new Real Madrid deal as Premier League hopes fade

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The midfielder, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, insists he wants to stay with Zinedine Zidane's side for many years

Real Madrid star Isco has revealed that he is close to signing a new contract with the club, seemingly ending the hopes of potential Premier League suitors.

Manchester City have long been linked with the Spain international midfielder, who has one year left on his current contract at the Bernabeu, with Goal revealing there were discussions over a deal in 2016.

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But Isco, who produced an impressive assist in Spain's 2-1 victory over Macedonia in Skopje on Sunday, insists he wants to stay put and talks over a new deal are advancing.

"I have already said we are close [to a renewal]," Isco told  Teledeporte . "I am very happy in Madrid and hope to be there for many years.

"Now it is time to rest as the season has been very long."

Isco started the Champions League final as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 to win their second European crown in successive seasons and the 25-year-old says he's been delighted with his form at the end of the campaign.

"I have finished the season very well," Isco added. "Confidence is key for anyone. From the beginning of the season I have felt very comfortable.

"It may be [my best season] because Madrid have made history. When the team results turn out well, they boost an individual. I'm happy about the work I have done and for these three points [against Macedonia]."

 

As well as picking up his first assist in Spain colours, the 25-year-old was heavily involved with five shots, three of which tested goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Isco feels any of Spain's players are capable of stealing the show as he turned his attention to September's crucial Madrid qualifier against Italy, who only trail Julen Lopetegui's men on goal difference in Group G.

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"I think the game against Italy is going to be the most important match in the group," he said. "But we play at home, so I hope the Bernabeu is a stronghold. Finishing first is dependent on us.

"I'm happy to have the confidence of the coach. I think any of us who play can write the headlines.

"We are content with the three points because that is what we were looking for."

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