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Isco pens new Malaga contract

Malaga, Spain (Sports Network) - Malaga has made a strong push to hold on midfielder Isco as it announced Tuesday that its star player has signed a new contract with the club.

The new deal does not extend Isco's stay at the club, but instead raises his wages in addition to increasing his buyout clause to just over $47 million.

"He's a world-class player and flies the flag for Malaga," said Mario Husillos, the club's sporting director. "If I had to sum up Isco's contract renewal in one word, it would be 'trust,' both in terms of the faith we have in him as a player, and the trust he has in Malaga as a club, disregarding his other options and putting us first.

"There have been some informal conversations, as well as more serious talks, with some of the biggest clubs in the world getting in contact every few weeks. However Isco has been wise, and has never contemplated a renewal with a future sale in mind; a clause in the contract protects us from this situation."

Isco, 20, has been a key figure in helping Malaga advance to the Round of 16 in this year's Champions League.

Malaga is facing European sanctions from UEFA for not fulfilling its responsibilities to the Club Financial Control Body, and the potential sale of Isco with an improved buyout clause would go a long way toward improving its financial standing.

01/29 11:49:51 ET

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