Zinedine Zidane has admitted to loving Real Madrid attacking midfielder, Isco, but has not said anything about asking him to stay at the club.
The Spain international assisted both goals in the 2-0 win over Espanyol, he would love to remain at Madrid, but wants more playing time still.
Addressing the media ahead of a league game away to Valencia on Wednesday, Zidane did not rebuke the 24-year-old for publicly making his case.
“I think it’s understandable and I have no problem with it,” he said.
“You ask him and he replies to those questions. But I’m sure that he’s fully focused. He’s a very good footballer, I regard him highly and he’s player that is part of… squad rotation.
“A player could play 25-26 games in a row and then not play. You could ask him and I’m sure he’d say he’s not happy.
“I want my players to be ready for when that chance arrives. We’ve seen it works. I’m going to keep doing this until the end of the season. I’m not going to change.”
Pressed on whether or not he had specifically asked Isco, whose deal expires in June 2018, to commit to the club, Zidane said: “Isco knows I love him, I love the way he plays. I consider him to be a great footballer.
“I have 23 very good players at my disposal. It’s tough. The players understand that. When you drop a player, somebody else takes his place. It’s nothing personal. I believe I have a good squad. All of my players can come in and do a good job.”