Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he has never felt respected by Isco in the middle of the proposal that the midfielder refused to warm up in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory against Granada this weekend.
Late in the match, Isco warmed up with Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Jovic, but when he realized that he did not enter the match with that pair, he was accused of refusing to continue to warm up, and Ancelotti was then said to have taken Isco further. to avoid unnecessary tension.
Isco saw ten minutes in that match but was again an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory against Sheriff, after which Ancelotti insisted that there were no problems between the pair.
“I do not need to talk to Isco,” he said (via Marca). “I have a lot of affection for him and there are no big problems.
“He told me he had already warmed up, he was ready to go into the match and he continued. He was angry that he did not play but he has never respected me and I have never respected him. And he will never respect me and I will never respect him.
“We have a relationship that is not only professional, we have spent a lot of time together and we fully respect each other.”
Despite all the positivity, there is no denying that things have not been good for Isco on the pitch this season.
Those ten minutes against Granada were his first in almost two months, with Isco falling well into the top flight under Ancelotti after Camavinga’s arrival in the summer.
Isco’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is expected to leave for free in 2022, with Real keen to free up some space – and money – in anticipation of big-selling hunts for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.