Isco’s situation gets even more complicated. The man from Malaga, one of the players least used by Ancelotti on his return, starred in a slight with the coach in Granada. The player, as reported The spar, refused to continue warming up when, already with 1-4 on the scoreboard, the Italian was preparing to give Camavinga and Jovic into the field. Isco, thinking that he was going to jump onto the field with his two teammates, went to the bench to sit down again, prompting Ancelotti to force his way onto the pitch.

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He’s the third manager Isco, 29, has trouble with at this point in the season in recent seasons. Three years ago he experienced torments for a few months during the Solari stage, in which he starred in several controversial months, with several rudeness to the coach, some to Chendo and having to endure a whistle from the Bernabéu in the Champions League. “To play you have to first get into physical shape and then competitive form, it is inexorable,” said Solari referring to his case.

The return of Zidane presupposed good news for Isco. He shone in the Frenchman’s first stage on the bench and, from the famous and successful unit B that helped to conquer the 2016-17 League, he made the leap to the usual starting position to the detriment of Bale. Attempts to Zizou to have the best face of Benalmádena again were unsuccessful and a microphone in the El Clásico last fall at the Camp Nou played a trick on him. “It changes me in 50 ‘or 60’, sometimes at halftime, and if I go out it puts me in 80”, he told Marcelo, Militao and Lucas Vázquez in an X-ray that he was not fully faithful to the reality, but that evidenced Isco’s discomfort due to his lack of prominence. Weeks later, it transpired that the player asked to leave in the winter market, an exit that did not materialize.

Isco's performance per season.

Isco’s performance per season.

The return of Ancelotti, the first coach he had when he signed for Madrid and with whose confidence he counted, could mean a new window of hope that soon vanished. After playing two minutes as a substitute in the league debut against Alavés, Carletto gave him ownership against Levante and Betis. Since then, little has been heard from Isco.. He participated in the last minutes against Valencia, Mallorca (he scored the goal that closed the 6-1) and Villarreal. He gave up traveling to the game against Espanyol citing back problems. Granada’s 10 were his first minutes after eight unprecedented matches.

Minutes of Isco at Real Madrid

Season Minutes Percentage
2021-22 176 11.5%
2020-21 1,092 23.2%
2019-20 1,618 35.0%
2018-19 1,738 33.7%
2017-18 2,957 53.0%
2016-17 2,338 42.6%
2015-16 2,627 55.8%
2014-15 3,762 70.8%
2013-14 3,166 58.3%

His future seems far from Real Madrid. The contract ends at the conclusion of this season, his performances lack arguments to expand that commitment and his behavior generates discomfort within the locker room. His contribution to the team has diminished with the passing of the seasons.. Of the 70.8% of the minutes that he played in his second season (2014-15), 23.2% have gone on to play last season and 11.5% in the 17 games that go into this.


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