Real Madrid announced on Thursday that Isco is set to join the club, subject to a medical. 

Interest in the Spaniard had been high, with Chelsea and Manchester City chasing the star at various points. With Manuel Pellegrini at the helm at City now, should he have tried harder to get Isco to join him in Manchester?

Isco's ability has really caught the eyes of many throughout the footballing world, and his imminent move from Malaga has been the biggest transfer story of the summer so far. 

Malaga had to sell him due to financial problems, and it was certainly time for the 21-year-old to move on, the final straw being Malaga's failure to qualify for the Champions' League. 

When Pellegrini's move to Manchester City was confirmed, the speculation of Isco following him there began to heat up. 

However nothing came of it as Isco decided to go to Madrid - but why?

It could be the money, however City have one of the world's richest owners, so the reason that most must assume is that Real Madrid's stature has star-struck the Spaniard.

But Isco is only 21, many young footballers who have the world at their mercy can manipulate clubs into paying them more money. 

I'm not saying Isco is only after money, but City could have done enough to convince him, yet they haven't, which is something you have to raise your eyebrows over. 

By not signing Isco, City have showed a lack of ambition, a lack of desire to sign the world's hottest prospects. 

Isco's attitude is certainly something to admire, he didn't make Spain's Confederations Cup squad, but was selected for the U-21's squad. 

Many players would have turned down the call to play in the U-21's, and have a holiday instead, yet he chose to represent his country, and do it with pride. 

It paid off for him, he had a superb tournament, and helped Spain in winning the competition with ease, he once again showcased himself to the world along with Thiago Alcantara. 

Isco is someone young footballers should be learning from, he has joined a club for a reason other than money, and he's chosen to represent his country when he might have been reluctant to. 

He is a footballer with a global reputation and he's shown the world he has not got a big ego.


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