By ESPNSTAR.com staff
A product of the Valencia youth team, Isco only made four appearances for the Los Che senior squad before departing for Malaga in July last year. His performances for Manuel Pellegrini's side in the previous campaign earned him admirers from across Europe, with Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos revealing that the club turned down a bid from Tottenham this summer.
"There have been no calls from Russia for him. Tottenham tried to sign him before the market closed," he shared with Radio Marca.
"He remains ours and with his clause, no-one has activated that."
The midfielder's contract consists of a 21 million Euro buy-out possibility, an amount that Malaga officials no longer consider to be a sufficient safeguard for the player's future.
"We will talk with him as soon as possible," Husillos stated.
"We know his potential, his growth and in the Champions League his profile has grown. He is a fantastic player."
Husillos believes that signing a long-term contract would be mutually beneficial for both Isco and Malaga.
"He is playing football in his home country at a club that suits his style. He has tremendous potential and room for growth that could lead to him becoming a full Spain international," he said.
"We believe that the best place for him to do that is Malaga. We want to enjoy him for many years without impeding his growth."
Malaga welcome Real Betis for their La Liga fixture this weekend.