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According to The Sunday Mirror (06/06, p77), Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to give Real Madrid midfielder Isco a three-year contract.

However, their hopes of signing him have been dented because Carlo Ancelotti is now back at Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane wasn’t a huge fan of Isco, but Ancelotti likes him a lot and that could tempt the Spaniard into staying put after all.

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Spurs were allegedly ready to give Isco a contract until 2024 in a deal worth around £14million.

Isco has just one year left on his deal, and Tottenham are allegedly keen to snap him up in a cut-price move.

With no manager and no director of football though, this would presumably mean Steve Hitchen is the one chasing Isco.

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Once called ‘magic’, Isco has regressed

Mauricio Pochettino branded Isco ‘magic’ in 2017, but he is now 29 and has faded a little in recent times.

Tottenham need to find more creativity in midfield, and Isco could provide that. A new setting, a fresh start… it could be great for the Spaniard.

Yet with Ancelotti now in charge at Real, Tottenham’s hopes of securing Isco have been dealt a major blow.

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