Isco Says He Is Being Denied Opportunities to Play at Real Madrid

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2019

Real Madrid's Isco Alarcon looks on during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Leganes and Real Madrid at the Butarque stadium in Leganes, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Valentina Angela)
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Isco has bemoaned a lack of opportunities to start at Real Madrid, with the Spain international remaining on the fringes of the Los Blancos squad this season.

The midfielder responded to former Real player Ruben de la Red on Twitter, who said Isco was "not performing to the required level" to be selected.

According to Joe Krishnan of the Evening Standard, Isco replied:

"Totally in agreement with De La Red, but when you don't enjoy the same opportunities as your team-mates, things change. Even so, I keep working and fighting hard as I wait for them! Hala Madrid!"

Isco has suffered a torrid time since the appointment of Santiago Solari as coach. The Spain international has been consigned to the bench despite Real lacking consistency this season.

Barcelona have expressed a passing interest in taking the player from the capital, with Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitting he would be willing to pursue a deal with opposite number Florentino Perez if Barca manager Ernesto Valverde wanted Isco.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 22:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona takes on Isco (L) and Marcelo of Real Madrid CF (C) during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty
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Per El Partidazo de COPE (h/t beIN Sports), Bartomeu said: "If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them. But it has not happened since I'm here. There are no non-aggression pacts. Each one tries to make their team more competitive. Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid, I would speak with the president of Real Madrid."

Isco remains one of La Liga's greatest talents. It is difficult to fathom why Solari has denied him the opportunities a player of his ability deserves.

The 26-year-old has started only five games in La Liga this term, coming off the bench a further 10 times, but the sporadic use of the player has stopped him being able to impress the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium crowd.

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