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Football news - Isco is Real Madrid's most talented player - Marcelo

Isco is Real Madrid's most talented player - Marcelo
By Reuters

18/12/2018 at 17:08Updated 18/12/2018 at 19:18

Real Madrid defender Marcelo labelled Isco the player with the most ability in the squad on Tuesday - despite coach Santiago Solari rarely selecting the midfielder and local media reporting that he may leave the club.

Spanish playmaker Isco has not started a La Liga match since Solari took over from Julen Lopetegui in October and has been linked in local reports with a move away from the European champions.

Isco and his team-mates landed in Abu Dhabi on Monday to defend their Club World Cup title, although the midfielder may have a bit-part role in the tournament.

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"A lot of meaning is being given to something that isn't that important, some play more at times and others play less. As players we have our moments.

" We don't have to talk about it much more. He's at Real Madrid until the death like all the players."

Solari said that Isco is working hard ahead of Wednesday's semi-final clash with Japanese side Kashima Antlers.

"We are focusing on the game against Kashima so I see (Isco) and everyone else working with the enthusiasm that this game deserves, that they earned (by winning the Champions League)," said Solari. (Reporting by Rik Sharma; Editing by Hugh Lawson)