Isco out of favour at Real Madrid, has not started un­der new boss So­lari

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

- 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.

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