Playmaker could now join los Blancos instead.
Mega-rich Premier League outfit Manchester City have suffered a blow in their long-running efforts to bring coveted Malaga midfield player Isco to Eastlands this summer after the player revealed his Spain Under-21 international team-mates were trying to persuade him to move to Real Madrid instead, reports the Mail on Sunday.
The in-demand Spain international has been the subject of stories of late linking him with a £30 million transfer to City when the summer transfer window finally reopens for business once again on July 1, especially after the club confirmed Isco’s mentor, Manuel Pellegrini, as their new boss on Friday.
However the 21-year-old, who is currently out in Israel representing his country at the European U21 championship, has said that his compatriots are attempting to change his mind.
“Those [Morata, Nacho and Carvajal] indeed are the guys insisting [for the move to Real Madrid]. We’ll see what happens,” said Isco.
“I try to draw the line there. We have the Under 21 final and need to focus all five senses on that now.”
Isco played 46 matches for Malaga last season, scoring 12 goals, including nine strikes in his 36 Liga contests.