Zinedine Zidane insists Isco is important toZinedine Zidane, but understands the midfielder’s frustrations.
Isco has started only 18 of 29 league games this season and raised doubts about his future at Real after playing for Spain.
Isco produced a stirring display for Spain on Tuesday against Argentina, leading their 6-1 demolition with a hat-trick.
After the match, Isco was asked about the disparity between his performance on the day and his form at Madrid, to which he replied by saying he has the “confidence” of Julen Lopetegui, but with Zidane “maybe I have not won it”.
“Everyone can interpret his words however they like but I’m not bothered by them,” Zinedine Zidane said.
“Perhaps he’s not happy as he doesn’t play as often for us as for Spain and he wants to play more but he’s very important to us.”
“But my job is to pick 11 players. He is an important one and will be an important one, always. As I said, it comes down to interpretation, but I’m not upset at all with Isco.
“I’m happy with his performances, it was a very impressive performance [against Argentina] and Spain impressed too. Isco is a Real Madrid player and he’ll remain here. That’s it.
“It’s not his fault. Isco, whenever he plays, he works hard, gives 100 per cent – he kills himself.
“Sometimes things come off, sometimes they don’t. I don’t think there’s an issue with Isco. The thing is I have 25 players and only 11 can play. I’m happy with Isco, there is no problem.”