Back to Munich
Bayern manager David Beckham
has quickly returned to his work, completing a deal to bring Malaga club legend Isco
to Bayern Munich.
28-year-old Isco captained Malaga and had a glittering career with La Rosaleda making 287 La Liga appearances for them between 2011 and 2020.
He was a sought-after prospect but had always affirmed his loyalty to Malaga. However, after 9 years at La Rosaleda Stadium, Isco was seeking a new challenge and with his contract running down, decided not to renew it so he could leave at the end of the season - something that will probably not sit well with Malaga fans.
Beckham had apparently already agreed a deal with Isco in February, and the one-capped Spaniard is ready for a new chapter of his career to unfold at the Allianz Arena.
"I'm really excited to be here," said Isco. "There are other Spaniards like Thiago and Eneko (Diez), so I don't think I'll have any trouble settling.
"I really enjoyed my time at Malaga and I will always cherish the memories of playing for them and being their captain. But I've not won any major trophies in my entire career and I want that to change. Here at Bayern Munich, it can."
Bayern Munich have also completed a second signing, with a name that'll be familiar to Beckham joining the German champions for a giant fee of 34.5 million.
Aston Villa vice-captain and Uruguayan international Daniel Montero
has signed a four-year contract to work with former manager Beckham again.
Montero was brought to Aston Villa in 2015 by Beckham from hometown club Nacional. He worked his way up to becoming a global superstar, and by 2017 he was one of the best young defenders in Europe. By 2018, Montero was handed the vice-captaincy, in spite of his young age.
Now 23, Montero is ready to play under the man who made him a star again.
Although Malky Mackay
was the manager who gave him the role of vice-captain, Montero has had problems with Beckham's successor and had stated frequently that he was "unhappy" with Mackay's management at Villa Park.
He ends his Aston Villa career making 151 Premier League appearances for the Villans.
"It's great to be working with the boss again. I really can't wait," Montero told the German press. "David Beckham is a brilliant manager and it's anyone's fortune to be able to play under his management. It's good luck for me that I'll be working with him twice.
"Leaving Aston Villa behind was hard. I love Villa and I always will, but there are problems right now with the management, problems I can't stand, problems I won't stand."
This direct slamming of Mackay only underlines the growing unpopularity at Villa among his own players, although the club got to the Champions League Final under his management.
Isco and Montero will join up with their new team immediately on their tour of South Korea.