Real Madrid's Isco slams Zinedine Zidane amid links with Premier League transfer

Real Madrid playmaker Isco has taken a swipe at his manager Zinedine Zidane after being left out of the team in recent weeks.

The former Malaga man has yet to play a full 90 minutes in La Liga this season, and he was not involved at all in Madrid’s last two games against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League or Saturday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.

The 28-year-old was linked with a move to the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham over the summer, but in the end nothing materialised.

He may attempt to leave the club again next year, however, and during El Clasico Movistar TV cameras picked up disparaging comments Isco made to his teammates about Zidane with regard to how often he is played.

Isco has been a peripheral figure at Real Madrid recently

“If [Zidane] has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute, sometimes at half-time,” Isco said to Luka Modric and Marcelo.

“If he has to bring me on, he brings me on in the 80th minute,” before he and his teammates began laughing.

Such comments may give hope to some Premier League teams that the player may be available for a move in the near future.

Isco was an important part of the Madrid team when he first made the move to the Bernabeu in 2013, and during his time at the club he has won two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

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However, he has gradually made fewer and fewer appearances every season, and in the 2019-20 campaign he was limited to just 23 La Liga appearances.

Brazilian legend Rivaldo recently suggested the success of James Rodriguez’s summer move from Madrid to Everton may inspire Isco to do something similar.

Isco is frustrated with manager Zinedine Zidane

Speaking to Betfair, Rivaldo said: “Isco has had great days at the club and was an important member of the squad for a lot of time, but it’s not happening for him at the Bernabeu any longer, so he might look to James Rodriguez’s situation as a good example of how to successfully move on.

“The Colombian attacker is shooting the lights out in England with Everton and I wouldn’t be surprised if Isco decided to make a similar move in the near future.”

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