Despite entering the final year of his Real Madrid contract at the end of last season and there being interest from other clubs, Isco insists he never wanted to leave the Bernabeu.
“I’m very happy, I’m proud to be able to keep playing at the best team in the world,” said the midfielder after signing a new five-year contract
“Perhaps there were some contacts, I didn’t listen to them, I said many times my intention was to stay here.”
Isco has forced his way into Zinedine Zidane’s first XI in recent months with a string of excellent performances, and has now ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract tying him to Madrid until June 2022.
“I never listened to any offers,” Isco said. “My idea was always to be a success at Real Madrid. It’s true that there have been some bad moments, but that makes me enjoy more the good times. I have won three Champions Leagues. You have to be ready to take your chance when it comes. I have had patience and am getting the reward for that now.”
Isco added he had improved as a player recently, and cited coach Zidane’s influence on his game.
“It’s true I have grown as a player, I have improved,” he said. “Now I score more goals as I play closer to the penalty area. Zizou has been very important for me.”