Isco was well and truly put in his place by his Real Madrid teammates during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
The Spaniard received a double telling off, first from Luka Modric and then from Sergio Ramos, as Modric accused Isco of being selfish.
El Dia Despues have put together a video showing Isco’s moment to forget, which you can check out by scrolling down the page.
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If there’s any proof needed that Isco hasn’t quite found his place in Madrid’s team, this is it.
First of all, he receives a ticking off from Modric. The Croatian wasn’t happy that Isco was repeatedly ignoring his calls to pass him the ball more often.
The former Malaga player then went to Ramos for support but was shut down. According to Sport, the defender told Isco: “Shut up, stop touching your balls [being a pain].”
Scroll to 1:05 in the video below to see Isco get told off by Modric and Ramos.
Ouch. Isco probably felt like a school kid who had just seen his detention extended after that.
ISCO IS UNSETTLED
The playmaker is reportedly unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu despite arriving nearly three years ago.
He has been limited to 21 starts in the league and, as a result, has been linked with a move away from Spain.
One club that has been touted as a possible destination is Arsenal, but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague doesn’t think his skill set is required at the Emirates Stadium
“Many people will say Isco is a typical Arsenal player,” Balague wrote in a Q&A with Sky Sports in March. “He is an elegant player who fails to fulfil his potential, doesn't score or assist enough and doesn't work hard enough without the ball.
“For me, he is not a player Arsenal need. That doesn't mean he won't go to the Emirates, the transfer market can serve up anything, I just feel he is a not a player for Arsenal.”
Isco moved to the Spanish capital with a weight of expectation. Madrid paid £23m for him in 2013 but are still waiting to see the midfielder reach anything close to what they expected.
“Quite simply, he is not good enough for Real Madrid,” Balague assessed. “He is not consistent so he gets frustrated by being in and out of the team, and that in turn affects his consistency.
“It's a vicious circle if you would like to use that analogy. He hasn't reached the level he should be at. He was perfect for clubs of Malaga, Sevilla or Villarreal's stature, but not good enough for Real.”
Still only 24, a move away from Madrid to a club where the spotlight doesn’t shine quite so hard is probably best.
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