Former Real Madrid player and coach Jorge Valdano has criticised Isco’s reaction to being substituted in the win over Las Palmas as ‘immature’.
The midfielder featured for an hour but was replaced by Mateo Kovacic with Los Blancos finding it difficult to contain the La Liga strugglers in the centre of the park.
Taking his place on the bench behind Zinedine Zidane, Isco angrily throw his coat and water bottle aside, something that was picked up on by plenty of media outlets.
Speaking on El Larguero, Valdano, who has worked alongside Zidane at Real previously, said Isco’s petulance would not help the atmosphere in the team and showed he was not pulling in the same direction as the rest of the squad at a time when the players need to get their heads down and work hard after a disappointing season to date.
“That is not a good contribution to the atmosphere that teams need. It is not the behaviour of a mature player. He will feel a debt to his team,” Valdano stated.
Isco has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos this season netting four goals along the way. He has featured 138 times for the 10-time Champions League winners since signing for the club from Malaga in 2013.