Isco’s end of career with Real Madrid is far from perfect. It’s been three years since the midfielder’s form has declined significantly, and neither Zidane in the past, nor now Ancelotti have managed to rebuild the Spaniard, who in 2013-2018 could be described mainly in superlatives. The midfielder since the conflict with Santiago Solari, when he refused to travel with the team to the Champions League match, is primarily the hero of subsequent disputes with the coaches, and not of games, goals or assists. His time at Santiago Bernabéu is nearing its end.
Isco’s latest problems began on November 21 in Granada. The royals won 4: 1, but journalists from COPE, SER and Onda Cero informedthat the footballer was annoyed when Davide Ancelotti, Real’s assistant coach, sent Jovic and Camavinga to play, despite the French having gone on to warm up at the same time as the Spaniard. The 29-year-old thought he would also enter the field, but the son Carletto told him he needed to keep warming up. This upset the player and he decided to go to the bench. Carlo Ancelotti eventually sent him into the game to avoid conflict. However, this did not escape the Italian’s attention and since then Isco has been receiving call-ups for matches, but only to watch them on the bench for 90 minutes and not even warm up anymore.
Isco shows up at Valdebebas every day and he has no health problems, but he has spent the last three games seated and he could not even dream of entering the field. The Spaniard was not seen on the sidelines in the games against Sheriff, Sevilla and against Athletic on Wednesday. At the moment he is the last midfielder for the game and his situation is unlikely to improve. Only he, Mariano, Vallejo and Jović did not appear in the last three games, although the Serb at least warmed up.
Ancelotti said after that game against Granada that he had no problem with Isco, he had a good relationship with him and liked him. But Isco, whom Ancelotti met on his return to the club, has little to do with a player who dazzled in the first five years of playing for Los Blancos. The Spaniard was a key player for Carletto in his first stage, so much so that his entry into the Champions League final in Lisbon changed the tide of the game. The Italian has always admitted that ahead of the Ramos goal, Isco and Marcelo played a key role.
Isco kicked off the season with enthusiasm, confident that in his senior year for white, he could turn things around. Even Ancelotti appreciated his effort and fielded him in the starting line-up in two of the first three games, against Levante and Betis. It was only an illusion, however. Now the days go by and the situation is back to where it has been for the last two years and the midfielder is practically not playing. This season, he only scored 177 minutes in the league, and in the Champions League never appeared on the pitch.
Isco made six of the first seven games and played just 11 minutes in the last eight when Ancelotti finally gave him a shot against Granada. Ancelotti did not want to fuel the atmosphere at the time and lead to a public conflict, but the footballer is now paying a high price for it.
Now the question is what Isco will do from January 1. Last season, he asked to leave at the end of the year and spoke to José Ángel Sánchez and Zinédin Zidane about it. Wanting to play and seeing how few minutes he was getting, he made the decision to look for a way out of a difficult situation. The problem was, he didn’t find it.
The meeting between the parties was friendly and sincere and Isco wanted to leave and didn’t want to cause any problems. This summer he decided to continue working alongside a trainer who brought out the best in him, but the formula Carletto failed, making it clear that Isco’s time at Real Madrid was long over.