Isco out of favour at Real Madrid, has not started under new boss Solari
- Isco earned his place in the stand in the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night because he had disrespected coach Santiago Solari – that at least is the version filtering out of Madrid.
There are suggestions that there was friction between the two after Isco was only used as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat by Eibar last Saturday.
One rumour suggested that in a training drill when Solari wanted players to count out loud the number of passes they could make before the other team touched the ball, Isco moaned that it was hard enough for Madrid to keep the ball without having to count out loud too.
The Isco camp would argue the real lack of respect has been shown by Solari who has not played Isco from the start in any of his six matches in charge. The player went away
on international duty two weeks ago and ended up captaining Spain in Las Palmas in their friendly with Bosnia. He expected that to trampoline him back into the starting line-up in Eibar, but despite the clamour from Madrid supporters he was benched again. He has played just 78 minutes under Solari, and with the team winning five of those six matches without him the coach has little reason to change his view on the player.
There is also no pressure being put on him by the club to play Isco. Real Madrid signed him from Malaga in 2013 for around €30million. But it was a rare concession from president Florentino Perez towards the Madrid fans desperate for a Spanish star in the team and Perez would not object to his departure, especially if, as well as taking around €7m off the wage bill, it brought big money to the club.