Isco has had a difficult three years, with 2018 being the year when his Real Madrid career seemed to hit a brick wall from which he has never fully recovered, and he is now paying for the incident that occurred at Granada this season.
Zinedine Zidane was unable to get a tune out of the 29-year-old in his second spell in the Real Madrid coaching position, and Carlo Ancelotti has struggled too.
On November 21, Los Blancos won 4-1 away to Granada, but Isco was left upset when the assistant coach of the team, Davide Ancelotti, called Luka Jovic and Eduardo Camavinga onto the pitch before him, despite the fact they had all been sent to warm-up at the same time.
Isco was then told to keep warming up, but this angered the former Malaga playmaker and he refused, instead going to sit back down on the bench.The Italian coach later introduced him into that match, but he hasn't even warmed up in any of the matches since.
Isco isn't injured, he goes to training each day, but he isn't given any time to play on matchday, he simply has to watch 90 minutes of football from the bench.He wasn't used against Sheriff, Sevilla or even Athletic Club, and he is the lowest choice midfielder in the squad at this time.
Ancelotti insisted after Granada that he didn't have a problem with the playmaker, but the Isco which Ancelotti has encountered this time is nothing like the player he had control of in his first spell with Los Merengues. A January departure is the most likely solution, especially after the player requested to leave at the end of 2020 but was denied, and he now knows he must find a way out.
Isco has played 11 minutes in the last eight Real Madrid matches, which simply isn't enough, and Los Blancos can't afford to pay the salary of a passenger.