Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari talked to the press in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the team's match against Kashima Antlers in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup. Solari had to answer some questions about Isco, who is rumores to be on his way to Manchester City this very same winter.
“I love Isco. My job is to make sure that all of the players are performing to their very best and getting those that aren’t to produce their best and to keep those who already are performing to the same standard. One of my toughest jobs is to then pick my side," he said, suggesting the reason why Isco is not a relevant player for him right now.
Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was sacked today and some fans and journalists are reporting that Florentino Pérez would like to hire the Portuguese manager. Solari was also asked about this matter.
“I’ve got the utmost admiration and respect for all of my colleagues, both those working in the professional and amateur ranks. This particularly applies to those who have worked at this club and have brought us joy. How could I be concerned that there are rumours relating to Real Madrid? It’s a daily occurence and I see it as being part and parcel of things," added the coach.
Los Blancos will need to take the match against Kashima Antlers very seriously and Solari is already trying his best to keep his players motivated.
“They’re a more experienced side than they were two years ago. They were guests then and they now come here as champions of Asia. The core group of players is the same and they’ve got a few quality foreign players too. They’re a quick, dynamic side who play direct football and have pace up front. They’ll be decent opposition and it’ll be a very special game," concluded Solari.