Isco set to choose Real Madrid over City
Spanish star ‘excited’ by prospect of playing at Bernabeu, Pellegrini confident his squad can cope
Isco of Spain dances after winning the Uefa European under-21 Championship final match against Italy at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, Israel, last week. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty Images
City are relaxed about the midfielder’s decision, which has yet to become official, after the 21-year-old said that Madrid “excite”.
Pellegrini is also unconcerned that the prospect of landing Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is receding. City have kept watch on the striker after he was identified as a target by Roberto Mancini but Pellegrini does not hold the Uruguayan in the same regard.
City’s plan to play 4-3-3 as their main formation next season puts in further context their content with the current midfield and attacking personnel. As Carlos Tevez and Sergio Agüero, the forwards, can play anywhere across the attacking line, the need to bring in Isco and Cavani is not being viewed as vital.
Pellegrini spoke for the first time about Navas and Fernandinho. He told mcfc.co.uk: “Jesus is a player I know well from La Liga. He is quick, has excellent technique and City fans will enjoy watching him. He will provide a variety of attacking options for us and can also score goals as well as create them.”
Of the Brazilian, Pellegrini said: “I made Fernandinho one of the top priorities. He has impressed me on a number of occasions over the past few years and is another player I’ve taken a keen interest in. He is an experienced international who will further strengthen our midfield and I think he will be well suited to the Premier League. He is a superb athlete with a wide range of passing, can score goals and most importantly, can quickly turn defence into attack.
“I am looking forward to working with both our new signings and with the players who have already won a Premier League title together. We have a very strong pool and together we aim to achieve great things.”
The future of Joleon Lescott remains in the balance, though with Kolo Touré having departed for Liverpool the central defender could yet remain at City.