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September 21 2017, 09:22 | Van Peters
Isco "very close" to signing new contract with Real Madrid
Isco tried to play down concerns of the Real Madrid fans earlier this week after he was named man of the match in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Uefa Super Cup on 8 August, insisting that he will sign a new deal sooner rather than later.
The winger started in 19 of his 38 total appearances last season, scoring 10 goals and recording four assists in the process, acclimating to the pace of Real's first team well in his first senior campaign.
Barcelona, which is in the Super Cup as the reigning Copa del Rey victor, will play its second match since the stunning departure of Neymar after Paris Saint-Germain paid a record 222 million euros ($262 million) to trigger the release clause in his contract.
However, for his part, coach Zinedine Zidane is eager not to lose Modric, though there is a feeling inside the club that the midfielder favours moving to Milan before the transfer deadline falls.
Bale maintains he's happy to stay with Los Blancos but, with the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, he could find himself further down the pecking order.
Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool have made bids to try and lure Marco Asensio away from Real Madrid this summer, according to a report in the Daily Star.
Isco, 25, joined Real Madrid from Malaga after being one of the sensations of the European Under-21 Championship in the summer of 2013.
The title race is set to be even more of a two horse race than in previous seasons as third force Atletico Madrid have been unable to strengthen due to a ban on registering new players until January, while Diego Simeone's side may also take time to bed into their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and his players look dejected as Real Madrid players lift the trophy. "This is going to be a hard year because already on Sunday we have a complicated match".
The former France global has guided Madrid to consecutive Champions League titles and a LaLiga triumph since taking over from Rafael Benitez in January 2016, while a UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in midweek got the new season off to a fine start.