Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane claims he regards Isco highly but would not confirm he has asked the attacking midfielder to stay at the club.
Isco assisted both goals in a 2-0 La Liga win at home to Espanyol on Saturday, the Spain international spoke of the need for more playing time, and announced he will make a decision on his future before the end of the season.
Zidane did not reprimand the 24-year-old for speaking of the need for more playing time
“I think it’s understandable and I have no problem with it.” he said, while addressing the media ahead of a LaLiga game away to Valencia.
“You ask him and he replies to those questions. But I’m sure that he’s fully focused. He’s a very good footballer, I regard him highly and he’s player that is part of… squad rotation.
“A player could play 25-26 games in a row and then not play. You could ask him and I’m sure he’d say he’s not happy.
“I want my players to be ready for when that chance arrives. We’ve seen it works. I’m going to keep doing this until the end of the season. I’m not going to change.”
Asked on whether or not he had particularly asked Isco, whose deal expires next year, to commit to the club, Zidane said: “Isco knows I love him, I love the way he plays. I consider him to be a great footballer.
“I have 23 very good players at my disposal. It’s tough. The players understand that. When you drop a player, somebody else takes his place. It’s nothing personal. I believe I have a good squad. All of my players can come in and do a good job.”