Signs look good for City as the Spaniard admits he wants to continue with Pellegrini.
Manchester City have been given a huge boost in the race to sign Malaga star Isco, as the midfielder has admitted he would love to carry on playing under manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean has already revealed that he will be leaving the Spanish club at the end of the season and speculation is rife that he will be Roberto Mancini’s successor at Eastlands.
Isco has been linked with several high profile moves to European clubs, most notably City’s Premier League rivals Chelsea, but the playmaker’s desire to link up with Pellegrini gives the Citizens the edge.
“He’s been my footballing father and I know that he likes me and, for me, of course I would like to continue with him because he’s given me all the confidence in the world,” the 21-year-old was quoted in the Guardian.
A brilliant season with Malaga has seen Isco become hot property in world football and with the departure of Pellegrini and the uncertain future of the club in Europe’s top competitions, the Spaniard looks likely to be on his way.
The Spaniard has played 43 times for Malaga in 2012/13, including eight Champions League appearances – scoring 12 goals and making four assists.
Isco signed for his current club from Valencia in 2011 for a fee of £5.3m but he’s currently valued by football website transfermarkt at £17.5m.
Yet with strong competition from other top clubs such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, it’s possible that City would have to pay well over the odds to land their man.