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Real Madrid manager opens up on not fielding star midfielder amidst Chelsea links

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Real Madrid playmaker Isco has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to Chelsea and that has had an adverse effect on his situation in the first-team. Manager Santiago Solari didn’t find it good enough to field the Spaniard in Madrid’s 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga on Saturday.

The Los Blancos are currently 4th in the standings, five points behind leaders Barcelona and Solari’s men were once again far from convincing in the 1-0 win. However, the Spanish giants managed to escape with three points courtesy of Karim Benzema’s 13th-minute strike.

Despite Gareth Bale being injured, Solari didn’t turn his focus towards Isco, which suggests that the relationship between the manager and the player is going from bad to worse. President Florentino Perez had requested Solari to mend his terms with Isco but it hasn’t made much difference to the scenario.

When asked about Isco’s exclusion from the line-up, Solari said, ” My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that.”

He further added, “I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job”.

“With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini [Vinicius] came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”


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