Real Madrid and Spain playmaker, Isco has attacked his club boss, Zinedine Zidane claiming that he is being ostracised by the Frenchman.
Isco, 28, has not played in any of Los Blancos’ last two outings, the 3-1 Clasico victory over Barcelona on Saturday and the stunning 3-2 Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk three days earlier.
This season he has made just four appearances, a situation he isn’t pleased about.
“If he has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute of the game. Sometimes even at half-time,” Isco complained on Movistar+’s ‘El Partidazo’ program.
“If he has to put me on, he’ll do it in the 80th minute.”
In his seven years at Real Madrid, Isco has not played full back-to-back league matches for three years. In that time, he has played the full duration of only six fixtures in La Liga.
“The win was a result of the defensive work of the group,” Sergio Ramos pointed out after the weekend’s win at Camp Nou. “We have run, we have suffered, and there is the result.
“It is the line that we must reach and maintain throughout the season. In the end, in football there are things that cannot be negotiated such as attitude and intensity, and the team has put in the maximum from the beginning to the end.”