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By law, contracts in Spain must feature a buy-out clause and Madrid have proactively insisted on inserting unattainably high clauses into new deals for players, starting with the clause in Isco's contract, Marca and AS reported.

It has emerged that Isco was a target of Barcelona's this summer.

The 29-year-old Marcelo has been with the Spanish club since the 2006-07 season.

Catalan radio station RAC 1 added more fuel to the saga after claiming that Barcelona offered the Spaniard a signing bonus of €20m to turn down a new deal at Real and move to the Nou Camp as a free agent once his contract expires.

The Spanish global managed to turn around his situation at Real during the second part of last season and in August AS reported that the player had chose to agree a new long-term deal worth €6m-a-year (£5.5m, £7.2m) and with a €700m release clause.

"It's been a good few years", he told a press conference on Friday.

Now a fan favourite in his fifth season at the Bernabeu, Isco has become a key player for both club and country. "I will never forget it".

"Never [could I move to Barcelona], as I've always said, my idea was to succeed in Madrid".

"I have no regrets, I've won three Champions Leagues in four years, and the team is still hungry to keep going and to win more trophies". My intention was to be a success here with the team that took a chance on me.

"Real Madrid is the biggest club in history".

He said: "I'm very happy, I'm proud to be able to keep playing at the best team in the world".

A number of teams, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, were linked with a move for the Spain worldwide as he entered the final year of his deal.

  • Rosalie Stanley