Saturday, May 26, 2018

Isco bracing himself for Malaga exit; Arnautovic rejects Dynamo offer

Spain international midfielder Isco has revealed that he would leave Malaga if the club's financial problems forced a sale.

Spain international midfielder Isco has revealed that he would leave Malaga if the club’s well-documented financial problems forced a sale, according to Sky Sports.

Isco, 20, put pen to paper on a new long-term deal in January, amid interest from English Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City.

The new deal ballooned the Spain international’s release clause from €20 million to around €40 million, and could prove to be a lucrative, strategic extension.

Isco, who joined Malaga from Valencia in 2011, is happy to stay at the Estadio La Rosaleda, but is bracing himself for a potential departure in the summer.

“I’m not worried as I’m only thinking about being here,” the 20-year-old told AS.

“If a team does come to pay a lot of money for me, it will definitely be a big club. Then, if it helps Malaga, I would have no problem in leaving if it was good for both of us.”

In addition, the former Valencia starlet has insisted that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has been the most influential person in his career.

“Pellegrini has been the most important person (for my career),” added Isco.

“I arrived here at 19 years of age, as an unknown, and he began to put me in game by game. He put all his confidence in me.”

The 20-year-old Spain international also hailed Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who handed the Malaga star his international debut against Uruguay on 6 February.

Arnautovic rejects Dynamo offer

Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic has reportedly rejected a moneymaking offer from Ukrainian Premier League giants Dynamo Kiev, Sky Sports understands.

According to Marko’s brother Danijel Arnautovic, Dynamo Kiev offered the Austria international a substantial amount of money to complete a move to Kiev in February, with the winter transfer window still open in Ukraine.

However, the Werder Bremen front-man spurned the offer in favor of remaining at the Weserstadion.

“He was offered a great deal of money, but Marko is not the type to only look at the money,” Danijel Arnautovic told Kreiszeitung Syke.

“He would like to give Werder the chance to discuss his future with him because Werder always stuck with him through difficult times.

“We have officially turned Kiev down.”

Nonetheless, Arnautovic has fallen out-of-favour at Werder Bremen, with on loan Bayern Munich striker Nils Petersen ahead of him in the pecking order.

Petersen has recently revealed his desire to stay at Bremen following the expiration of his loan, fueling speculation that Arnautovic will be sold to gather the funds required to poach Petersen from Bayern.

With that said, Bremen are expected to open talks with Arnautovic regarding an extension in the coming weeks. It’s all a bit confusing at the moment.


Shawn Etemadi



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