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Sevilla reaches agreement to sign Isco after his nine-year spell with Real Madrid

After nine trophy-laden seasons with Real Madrid, Isco said goodbye and is now close to completing a transfer to Sevilla.

Sevilla have announced an agreement in principle to sign Spain international Isco on a free transfer. After his contract with Real Madrid expired in June, the 30-year-old put an end to a nine-year run with the club after falling down the pecking order following Carlo Ancelotti’s return.

Isco left the Spanish capital with a trophy collection that included five Champions League victories and three La Liga championships. Isco, a 38-time Spanish cap who last received a call-up in 2019, will reunite with former national team manager Julen Lopetegui at Sevilla. Lopetegui also served a brief period at Real Madrid.

A statement from Sevilla reads: “Sevilla FC has reached an agreement in principle with the player Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, known in football as Isco, for his incorporation as Sevilla FC’s third signing for the 2022/23 season.

“The attacker is already in Seville to undergo the medical examination this Monday. If all goes well, he will sign his contract for the next two seasons.” Isco will have medical on Monday, according to Sevilla, before signing a two-year contract with the club. On Friday, the club will kick off its 2022–23 campaign in Osasuna.

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Isco spent nine trophy-laden years at Real Madrid after winning the Golden boy award in Malaga


Isco will be reunited with former coach Julen Lopetegui, who had a disastrous tenure in charge of Real Madrid in 2018. Prior to joining Malaga in the summer of 2011, the midfielder made his debut for Valencia. Isco was a major contributor as Manuel Pellegrini’s Andulasian team advanced to the knockout rounds of the Champions League in 2013.

At the conclusion of that campaign, Real Madrid swooped in to sign the Spaniard, and Isco helped the team win La Decima against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon before making over 230 appearances for Los Blancos.

Though he played a supporting role as Carlo Ancelotti’s team won the Champions League last season, he struggled to get game time in the Spanish capital toward the end of his playing career. Isco has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for Spain in the international arena.

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