Malaga target Isco contract extension

Malaga have announced their intention to hand Isco an improved contract, as they fear that his €21 million buy-out clause may soon be met by a rival club.

The 20-year-old only arrived at La Rosaleda last summer from Valencia, but has already garnered the interest from Tottenham and other sides, as their sporting director Mario Husillos has revealed.

“There have been no calls from Russia for him. Tottenham tried to sign him before the market closed. He remains ours and with his clause, no-one has activated that.” the official told Radio Marca.

“We will talk with him as soon as possible. We know his potential, his growth and in the Champions League his profile has grown. He is a fantastic player.

“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.

“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.”

Despite their recent financial troubles, Husillos insisted that any potential move for Isco would have to be approved by coach Manuel Pellegrini.

“The person leading this whole institution is Pellegrini,” he added. “It sounds obvious but it’s true. We try to collaborate as much as possible, and I give him options, but the final choice is his.”

David Luiz signs new five-year Chelsea deal

David Luiz has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea which will keep him at the club until 2017.

The Brazil international moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2011 in a £21 million deal from Portuguese side Benfica.

Having been linked with a switch to Barcelona in the summer, the 25-year-old, who won both the Champions League and the FA Cup with Chelsea last season, has ended speculation regarding his future by committing his long-term future with Roberto Di Matteo’s side.

“I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea,” Luiz told the club’s official website.

“It is a great club and I look forward to winning more trophies here. I want to play for a long time at the top level – which is what playing for Chelsea means.

“I love everything about the club and especially the fans, who have made me very welcome and given me great support.”

Muricy confirms Santos interest in Kaka

Muricy Ramalho has confirmed that Santos are closely monitoring the situation of Kaka, as they look to strengthen their squad.

The Peixe are in the market for a new attacking midfielder following the departure of Ganso to Sao Paulo, and they see the Real Madrid man as an ideal replacement.

Ramalho realises that it will not be easy to lure the 30-year-old to the Vila Belmiro, but refused to rule out a potential move in the near future.

“Who would have thought that Sao Paulo could pay that kind of money for Ganso? Anything is possible. Kaka is an option, and so are Diego and Robinho,” the Santos coach said at a press conference.

“They are three important players. As I said, anything can happen. It is not just an economical question, but we have to take other aspects into account as well. And we have to act quick.

“We have to support the players we already have here, but it would be good to bring in players who can add something to the team.”

Kaka appeared to be on his way to AC Milan earlier this summer, but the move eventually fell through as the Serie A giants were unable to meet Madrid’s financial demands.

Lewandowski will honour Dortmund contract, says agent

EXCLUSIVE
By Kornel Pracki

The agent of Robert Lewandowski has made it clear that the striker is not thinking about leaving Borussia Dortmund at this point, as he is committed to seeing out his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

The Poland international and BVB have been in talks about an extension to his current deal, which ends in the summer of 2014, but his hefty wage demands have so far proved to be too much of an obstacle.

Lewandowski, who is currently on a salary of €1.5 million, reportedly wants to earn as much as star players Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, who make €5m per season, but Dortmund are reluctant to offer him more than €3m per year.

Nevertheless, even though talks have hit a stumbling block, his representative Maik Barthel has insisted that his client is not thinking about a transfer just yet.

“We are not thinking about a potential move to a European top club at this point,” he told Goal.com.

“We have an ongoing contract with Dortmund, and we’re fully aware of the terms of the deal when we signed it. We will honour his current deal.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t say it when another team is interested in signing Robert, though.

“Fortunately, the transfer window is already closed and Robert’s completely focused on Borussia Dortmund.

“He’s only thinking about the Bundesliga season, the next DFB Pokal trophy, and Champions League progress.

“Robert is the best striker in the Bundesliga football-wise, and still has plenty of room for improvement. He doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other players at BVB.

“That’s an advantage for Robert and allows him to develop quietly.”

Lewandowski has progressed into a key player at Signal Iduna Park since arriving from Lech Poznan in 2010, with 42 goals in 96 official appearances.

Lewandowski will see out Dortmund contract, says agent

EXCLUSIVE
By Kornel Pracki

The agent of Robert Lewandowski has made it clear that the striker is not thinking about leaving Borussia Dortmund at this point, as he is committed to seeing out his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

The Poland international and BVB have been in talks about an extension until the summer of 2014, but his hefty wage demands have so far proved to be too much of an obstacle.

Lewandowski, who is currently on a salary of €1.5 million, reportedly wants to earn as much as star players Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, who make €5m per season, but Dortmund are reluctant to offer him more than €3m per year.

Nevertheless, even though talks have hit a stumbling block, his representative Maik Barthel has insisted that his client is not thinking about a transfer just yet.

“We are not thinking about a potential move to a European top club at this point,” he told Goal.com.

“We have an ongoing contract with Dortmund, and we’re fully aware of the terms of the deal when we signed it. We will honour his current deal.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t say it when another team is interested in signing Robert, though.

“Fortunately, the transfer window is already closed and Robert’s completely focused on Borussia Dortmund.

“He’s only thinking about the Bundesliga season, the next DFB Pokal trophy, and Champions League progress.

“Robert is the best striker in the Bundesliga football-wise, and still has plenty of room for improvement. He doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other players at BVB.

“That’s an advantage for Robert and allows him to develop quietly.”

Lewandowski has progressed into a key player at Signal Iduna Park since joining the club from Lech Poznan in 2010, with 42 goals in 96 official appearances.