Zinedine Zidane says rumours Real Madrid will sell Isco are all lies
By AFP Sport
Last Updated: 09/02/18 3:39pm
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has branded a report saying he wants to sell Spain midfielder Isco as "lies".
A report on Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito claimed Zidane had asked Real president Florentino Perez to find a buyer for the 25-year-old at the end of this campaign.
That has led to speculation in England that Isco - who came off the bench for Gareth Bale and scored Real's second goal in their 2-2 draw at Levante last weekend - could be bound for the Premier League.
"I have full faith in my team. I am one of those people who, when I start something, I go with it to the death. I believe in what I do, and I want Isco to stay here his whole life," Zidane said at a press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend's home clash with Real Sociedad in La Liga.
"Isco is a very good player. So El Chiringuito's report is a lie, and I am answering in order to put an end to this. We have 25 players and everyone is important. Perhaps Isco won't play every game but I am counting on him."
Real are currently fourth in La Liga ahead of Saturday's match at the Bernabeu, which serves first and foremost as a rehearsal for next Wednesday's crunch Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Paris Saint-Germain.
The reigning Spanish and European champions are no longer in the running to defend their title in La Liga, in which they have won just two of their last six games and sit 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.
"I don't need any reassurance. Saturday is a very important league game, and we want to keep picking up points and get closer to the top of the table, without thinking about Wednesday when we know we have a huge game," Zidane added.
"Consistency has been our problem this season, but over the course of a season bad things can happen. We don't know how the season will finish but we still believe we can do very good things."