The talented Spain international has been used sparingly under Zidane due to injuring issues with Gareth Bale but still found it tough to get regular gain time when the Welshman was fully fit. The short lived reign of Gulen Lopetegui when he was given regular gain time wasn’t fruitful but ever since Interim Manager Santiago Solari took over from Gulen Lopetegui the Spaniard has literally been frozen out of the starting Eleven.
Solari’s system, which is a 4-3-3 that plays more direct football but that is not the system which Isco is comfortable in. Solari is not changing his system and believes the 26-year-old must adapt and play better if he is to earn more playing time.
This has left Isco feeling frustrated in Madrid, with the playmaker having gone from a starter to playing just a sub part role under Solari.
The Spain international underwent surgery in September for appendicitis but came back before he was fully fit at the request of former head coach Lopetegui.
In 2017, Isco told Marca: “I’m not stupid, if I’m not a starter with Ancelotti, Benítez and Zidane it’s my fault”. The club fears that sort of attitude is lacking at the moment as he finds himself irritated with the situation that sees him untouchable for Laroja but relegated to the bench in Madrid.
Isco his not only relegated to the Real Madrid bench but he has been also targeted by media in Madrid with allegations of him being overweight. Caught in the middle are the Real Madrid players themselves, who respect Solari but also have empathy for their team-mate.
Real Madrid know Isco is an important member of their successful recent history and see him as an integral part of their team for the future. Indeed, he has already claimed four Champions League wins and a Liga crown since joining from Malaga in 2013.
President Florentino Perez, meanwhile, is growing disenchanted with the situation.
A report claims that Isco and his representatives requested a meeting with Perez to voice their displeasure over his situation, which was apparently denied.
Despite the current situation of Isco at the club. Madrid do want the player to stay put. Should he push for an exit in the summer, however,they are prepared to let him go, but will request that he states his desire to leave publicly.
Isco currently has a €700 million (£630m/$795m) release clause that was inserted into his current contract that he signed in 2017 and ties him to the club until 2022 – a deal which substantially improved his salary after reported interest of rivals Barcelona and multiple Premier League teams.
If Isco is on the move this summer their will be a lot of suitors. Manchester City are unlikely to be in the market for Isco having not been interested in signing him this winter or last summer. The Spaniard is not the No.8 type of player Pep Guardiola would be looking for, while he also isn’t a flying winger in the same category of Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane.
Arsenal showed little interest in past. Juventus, meanwhile, have also been mooted as a potentially interested party, while Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool will surely be ready if the opportunity arrives.