Finale in reported Tottenham deadline day pursuit of La Liga ace
By Alex Taylor
Real Madrid forward Isco has revealed he will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer amid interest from Tottenham.
Spanish outlet AS reported that Real were willing to let the playmaker leave on a season-long loan before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday night.
It was said that Mauricio Pochettino personally phoned Isco to persuade him to make a deadline-day move to Tottenham.
But Isco has said he will still be at the Bernabeu when the window closes.
Asked about his future in Spain, the attacking midfielder was quoted by Marca on Wednesday afternoon as saying, “I stay, I stay”, alongside a photograph of him at the club.
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Isco, who has never played outside of Spain, is aware his game time will be limited at Real this season.
The midfielder is facing tough competition with James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Mateo Kovacic all currently ahead of him in the pecking order.
Isco made 43 appearances last season in which he scored five goals and provided 12 assists in all comeptitons.
Since his £25million signing from Malaga in 2013 he has made 151 appearances for Real and scored 22 goals.
It was believed that current manager Zidane was under pressure to reduce the size of his squad and had opted to keep Colombian star James Rodriguez in favour of Isco.
Isco’s high intensity and work rate seemed well suited to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of football but it now appears no deal will be made between the two sides.
The north London outfit have made just the one attacking addition to their side this summer, completing a £17million deal for Vincent Janssen in July, as well as the central midfield signing of Victor Wanyama.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Cameroon manager Hugo Broos has claimed Clinton N’Jie would rather not join Marseille ahead of the transfer deadline.