Isco’s fu­ture on the agenda for Real ahead of Va­len­cia visit

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Acloud re­mains over strug­gling Real Madrid ahead of this week­end’s La Liga ac­tion, with the fu­ture of Spain mid­fielder Isco to the fore. Real sit sixth in the ta­ble, be­hind the likes of Es­panyol and Alaves, six points off league lead­ers Sevilla, while Satur­day’s op­po­nents Va­len­cia are 11th.

Isco, who cap­tained coun­try ear­lier this month, did not start last week­end’s 3-0 hum­bling at Eibar, and was left out of the squad com­pletely for Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory at AS Roma.

The de­feat to Eibar was Madrid’s fifth in 13 La Liga matches this sea­son, just one fewer than they suf­fered in the whole of the last cam­paign.

Lo­cal me­dia have re­ported that Isco has fallen out with new coach San­ti­ago So­lari, who has his not named him in the start­ing line-up for any of his six matches in charge at the Bern­abeu. The sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing the tal­ented play­maker, who has pre­vi­ously been linked with moves to Manch­ester City, Barcelona and a host of Europe’s top clubs, has caused con­ster­na­tion among the club’s fans. It re­mains to be seen whether or not he is in­volved this week­end when Va­len­cia visit the cap­i­tal. “They’re de­ci­sions you take in the mo­ment for cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. We’re here to make those de­ci­sions and that’s that,” So­lari said when quizzed on Isco’s ab­sence in Rome. “De­ci­sions are al­most al­ways sport­ing, ex­cept in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances - which is not the case here”.

Out-of favour Real Madrid mid­fielder, Isco

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