Big spenders Manchester City and Real Madrid have been warned off by Malaga executive vice-president Moayad Shatat, saying that their in-demand star Isco will only be sold if these clubs are willing to meet the €35 million (£29.97m) release clause in the Spaniard’s contract.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who enjoyed an excellent season with Malaga, starred at the recent European U21 Championships, attracting further attention of many clubs including City and Real Madrid.
Both clubs stand a chance of signing the classy midfielder, although Manchester City are believed to be in the driving seat now that Manuel Pellegrini, who managed Isco at Malaga, has taken the reins at the Etihad Stadium.
Although Malaga have lost many players in recent years including Santi Cazorla, owing to their recent financial issues, Malaga vice-president Moayad Shatat stressed that the club will not be letting Isco go at a cheap price.
ESPN quoted Shatat as saying: "He is a magnificent player, very important for us - and if the offer which arrives is not the one which should arrive, we will not sell the player. We want him to be sold for his price, for what he is worth. We do not need to sell him for an inappropriate price,”
Meanwhile, Malaga’s new boss Bernd Schuster hopes that Isco will be continuing at the La Rosaleda for another season despite there being strong rumours of his departure.
"It is possible I will not be able to count on him," the former Real Madrid boss commented. "But I always have a little hope. I know it is difficult.
"It is nice to have a player like this here, to see him be an important figure in the Champions League and with the Under-21s. Everyone must be very proud. If he stays with us, we will be happy. If he goes, then we wish him all the best."
However, the 53-year-old German boss said that he understands Isco’s desire to prove himself at a big club.
He added: "What I most like about him is he knows what he wants. He wants to play at a big club, which is very important. Often there are influences which are not good and revolve around money.
"You can only win things if you keep playing. The big clubs have seen him and know he could be an important player."
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