Sevilla confirms signing ex-Spain midfielder Isco

FILE - Real Madrid's Isco Alarcon looks on during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Leganes and Real Madrid at the Butarque stadium in Leganes, Spain, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Valentina Angela, File)

MADRID (AP) — Sevilla confirmed the signing of former Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón on Monday.

Isco signed a two-year deal after passing a medical. His contract with Madrid had not been renewed at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is the club’s third signing for the season after it brought defenders Marcão and Alex Telles to help make up for the departures of Jules Koundé and Diego Carlos.

Isco had been with Madrid since transferring from Málaga in 2013, but he had not played much as a starter in recent seasons. He also lost his place in Spain’s national team after his recent struggles.

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui coached Isco when he was at the height of his powers with Madrid and Spain. Isco was part of Spain’s squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Sevilla will open its Spanish league campaign at Osasuna on Friday. The Andalucia team finished fourth last season, earning a Champions League berth.