Real Madrid and Isco are closer than ever to reaching an agreement to extend the midfielder's contract. Sources close to the player have assured AS that talks between both parties have intensified this week and the intention is to offer a long-term extension of between five to six years on top of the player's current contract which is due to expire in June 2018. "An agreement is very close", they told this newspaper. If the operation is concluded, which seems very likely, Isco will see his salary raised from three million euros gross per season to almost eight million before tax.
Various clubs on Isco's tail
Isco's representatives have received enquiries from numerous clubs in recent weeks, with Barcelona being one of the most insistent. All of them have guaranteed improved economic terms and a prominent role within their respective sporting projects. However, despite the fact that he has found himself on the bench more than he would like, Isco's priority has always been Real Madrid.
Isco's contract renewal could prompt James' exit
Isco's continuation will undoubtedly cast a shadow over James Rodríguez's future. The club has been preparing for a scenario where one or both could leave and if Isco does commit to Madrid for the next five years, then James may decide to look elsewhere. In the late night television programme El Chringuito, host Josep Pedrerol recently claimed that Zinedine Zidane has asked the club to transfer James in the summer because he no longer counts on him...
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*Update 28 de marzo de 2017