Isco has revealed that Barcelona tried to sign him this summer before he extended his contract with Real Madrid.
Spain international Isco enjoyed perhaps his finest season last campaign, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further ten in 42 appearances.
He played a crucial role in Real’s march to four titles, and remains a vital player under Zinedine Zidane.
Isco signed a new five-year contract at the Bernabeu earlier this week despite speculation linking him with a move elsewhere, and he has revealed that Barcelona were interested in signing him.
“There was some contact, but I did not listen to them,” he told Marca.
“I never listened to any offers. My idea was always to be a success at Real Madrid.
It’s true that there have been some bad moments, but that makes me enjoy more the good times. I have won three Champions Leagues.
“You have to be ready to take your chance when it comes. I have had patience and am getting the reward for that now.
“Not all players are the same, I could have renewed last year. But I was focused on playing and preferred to push it back. Sometimes in life we think of other things, but our decisions are important in the direction we take.
“I decided to stay, I hope for many years. I had the patience to know to wait when I did not have chances to play, but my idea was always clear, to be a success at Real Madrid.”