Solari hints Isco needs to work harder in training

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 19: Santiago Solari, manager of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Santiago Solari refused to be drawn into speculations surrounding Real Madrid star Isco following his claims about a lack of opportunities at the club.

Isco has fallen down Solari’s pecking order considering his lack of game time, with only five league starts in Madrid’s 22 LaLiga games this term.

Former Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red warned the Spain playmaker that “Madrid don’t wait for anyone” on Thursday, prompting Isco to respond on Twitter: “I agree with De la Red but when you do not enjoy the same opportunities as your team-mates, things change.

“I am still working hard and fighting while I wait.”

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And Solari in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby with Atletico said “In football, you have to work and put all your talent into everything.

“You have to do that in training so you are available to play.”

When asked specifically about Isco, he added: “A professional footballer has to do his work, which is to train 100 percent to be ready to play.

“The team is in good form, all the players are working well in each training session to make sure the team is the most important thing.”

Isco failed to complete Friday’s session due to a back problem and is a doubt for the cross-city clash.

Solari said via FourFourTwo: “He had to leave training because he has got a problem with his back, we’ll see how he is this afternoon.”

Madrid go into the game in third place, two points behind Atleti knowing that a win will put them in the second spot.