There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Isco’s future at Real Madrid of late.
The 24-year-old has been a bit-part player for Los Blancos this season, starting only 14 matches in the league. Isco’s falling status at the Bernabeu became evident last night when Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos for the game against Leganes.
It was thought that Isco would be included in the starting line-up, but he remained on the bench.
The Spaniard voiced his displeasure at his current situation in February, admitting the lack of minutes is a concern.
"I am calm though I am worried about getting more minutes," he told beIN Sports, per Marca.
"I am very happy here but a player's career is small.
"We'll make a decision at the end of the season - it's my future at stake."
Isco's Instagram gaffe
A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for Isco, and even Barcelona have been connected.
The links to Barcelona haven’t had too much substance but Isco stoked the fire on Thursday when he posted a selfie on social media.
It was a seemingly innocent selfie of the midfielder enjoying some food with a few friends. But then fans spotted the Barcelona crisps packet lying right in front of Isco.
The backlash must have been quick to come Isco’s way, for he deleted the photo instantly.
He then uploaded another selfie with the crisps removed.
It’s ridiculous when you think about it. And not just because Isco is eating from a crisps packet designed with Barcelona’s badge on the front.
The packet is literally right in front of him. Did he forget it was there? Could he not see it when taking the selfie?
Isco must have known the reaction would have been fierce. Except from Barcelona fans, who are presumably loving it.
James is also frustrated
If the former Malaga man is upset about his current situation, his frustration pales in comparison to James Rodriguez.
The Colombian hasn’t played 90 minutes since December and reacted furiously when he was replaced before the end in last night’s win over Leganes.
But Zidane played down James’ fury, saying it was a natural response.
“It's to be expected that he gets angry because they all went to play a full game," Zidane said, per Sky Sports. "These things happen and what I take away with me is his performance because he played very well.
“It's normal for him to get angry because I brought him off, but there's nothing more to it. I try to do what's good for the team. He's important to me, to the team and to everyone."
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