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Isco "very close" to signing new contract with Real Madrid

12 August 2017

Real Madrid have written a £637million release clause into Isco's contract after the midfielder penned a new four-year deal with the club.

Liverpool and other top clubs have been linked with Spanish worldwide and Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio this summer.

Otherwise, the two sides would have to play out identical draws in this season's Clasicos, or win one each by identical scorelines - with Madrid having to have a better goal difference overall, for the Index's outcome to come true.

Lionel Messi scores their first goal from the penalty spot
Lionel Messi scores their first goal from the penalty spot Credit Reuters

On the tight match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, he added: "Madrid is a very powerful team and we are happy".

"Neymar can not be replaced - there is nobody like him". If we think it's going to be easier [without Neymar] then we're wrong. If we continue this way, it is because of the effort, being united and preparing the games.

The 25-year-old actually signed the deal in July, before heading to the United States for Real's pre-season tour, but it was agreed not to make the extension public until this month. But I know where I am and what I must do.

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You can also follow all the action from Camp Nou right here on AS English, with our inimitable live coverage. "I'm not really too anxious about whether Neymar is there or not".

In that case, Isco could cover Modric's absence in the middle of the park, with Ronaldo forming an attacking trident alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. It can be done.

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