Isco and James.

Real Madrid are ready to sell Isco and James Rodriguez in the summer

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All is not well at Real Madrid, it seems.

Things were going swimmingly for club legend and new boss Zinedine Zidane until Saturday's 1-0 loss in the Madrid derby.

He had gone eight matches unbeaten and the harmony among the players seemed greater than ever.

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But the honeymoon period is well and truly over now for the Frenchman, and the reaction to the defeat at the Bernabeu has been incredible.

Firstly, star player Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t help matters with his incredible outburst after the match. The Portuguese remarkably told reporters: "If all the rest of the guys were at my level, then we'd be top of the league right now.”

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Ronaldo has since attempted to backtrack on his controversial comments stating that he was referring to fitness levels, rather than ability or performance.

Whatever he meant, it’s fairly certain that his teammates would not have appreciated his outburst.

Zidane's comments

But then Zidane also made a strange comment after Saturday’s derby. The 43-year-old said: "I have complete confidence in my players; I believe they will be behind me. Next year we'll probably have to make changes, maybe even change managers too, but whatever happens we have to keep going about our business.”

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Was Zidane hinting that his job was in danger?

The defeat leaves Los Blancos realistically out of the title race, trailing 12 points behind Barcelona.

The future of Isco and Rodriguez

But now, Spanish newspaper Sport suggest that the club are looking to get rid of two of their underperformers this season, Isco and James Rodriguez.

The pair have struggled to fill the void left by the injured Gareth Bale in recent weeks and it appears the club have lost patience with the players.

Both were substituted during the Madrid derby to a chorus of boos from the Bernabeu faithful to demonstrate their displeasure at their performances.


Isco was been at Madrid since 2013 and impressed in his first two campaigns but has found it difficult this time around.

Last season, Isco was compared to Zidane by the Frenchman himself but just one league goal in 21 matches in this campaign represents his poor form.

James has also been unable the hit the height of his previous season which saw him score 17 goals in 46 matches.

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The Columbian has managed to score just five times in 20 matches this campaign and Madrid fans have been disappointed with the 24-year-old's performances of late.

It was reported last week that Zidane wanted James to see a psychologist for potential mental problems.

Despite not being wanted at Madrid, there’s no doubt there will be plenty of interest in the two players at the end of the season, especially given their relatively young age.

But it appears that the club have lost patience with them as fallout from the loss to Atletico continues.

Real Madrid fans: Should your club get rid of Isco and James Rodriguez? Let us know in the comments box below!

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