The Real Madrid coach, Santiago Solari, explains why Isco has been left out of the Madrid Squad recently.
The mutual hostility between Real Madrid coach, Santiago Solari, and midfielder, Isco, took a new twist on Saturday after the coach criticized the player's fitness level.
The Spaniard has had a turbulent time with Madrid since the arrival of the Argentine five months ago.
Isco, who is yet to start a game in the league under the management of Solari, is one of few key players from last season struggling to cut it under the present boss.
The 26-year-old reportedly refused to travel by the Madrid team bus for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 loss to Ajax on Tuesday after he was dropped from the matchday squad.
Solari has, however, blamed Isco's poor physical condition as the reason why he has been ousted from the starting line up and sometimes, the squad.
"Disciplinary issues are handled internally," he said at a press conference ahead of Madrid's game against Real Valladolid on Sunday.
"To play, you have to be in the right physical shape first and then you have to maintain it."
The former Madrid player also spoke about the commitment of the players.
“Most players honoured the club and met what’s expected from them. Whoever didn’t do that, I told them first and they know it,” he stated.
Solari's job as coach of Madrid is reportedly nearing its end, as it is widely understood that the Galacticos are lining up Jose Mourinho to take over on an interim basis after their recent struggles.