Real Madrid star Isco has reportedly signed a new four-year contract with the club that will keep him at the Bernabeu until at least the summer of 2021, while raising his release clause to a huge €700m. A formal announcement is expected next week after the Spanish Super Cup.

The news comes from Spanish outlet AS, whose report explains that Isco will also now earn a salary of €6m each season. His contract also comes with an optional fifth year to 2022.


Perhaps most interesting is the enormous new release clause. The midfielder’s previous clause was rumoured to be €150m and increasing it by such a significant amount falls in line with Los Blancos ensuring that their player’s clauses are seen as deterrents to buyers, not incentives.

A source told AS: “There are no players in Madrid’s first-team squad with a clause below €500m, and in Castilla [Real’s ‘B’ team], there are now players with clauses of €300m.”

Real are obviously keen not to fall into the same trap as Clásico rivals Barcelona, who lost superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain after the French club triggered his €222m clause. Even Lionel Messi only has a €300m figure written into his contract, which is no longer seen as an impossible fee.