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City rule themselves out of Isco race

22nd January 2019, 10:56 by Chris Rivers

Manchester City have reportedly distanced themselves from reports suggesting Pep Guardiola wants to sign Real Madrid's Isco.

The Spain playmaker opted for a move to the Bernabeu rather than the Citizens back in 2013, although the Manchester giants were again offered him on loan last year.

Outlets close to Real have stated Isco wants a move to City and that Guardiola is prepared to pay in excess of £80m to make his wish a reality ahead of next season.

However, City have quickly distanced themselves from Isco and have pointed out the squad is already well-stocked in the creative areas with both Silvas - David and Bernardo - in addition to Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and youngster Phil Foden.

Guardiola remains focused on recruiting a quality left-back to increase competition for Benjamin Mendy and a long-term successor to veteran defensive midfielder Fernandinho.

It's understood Isco's agents have been peddling their client to top English clubs, but City can't justify signing the 26-year-old just to prevent him joining a direct Premier League rival.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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