He has been given a more important role since Luka Modric’s injury
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has moved to defend his Spanish star Isco as he continues his rich vein of form, stating that his starting place is not up for discussion.
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The 22-year-old former Malaga man has made 28 appearances this season and according to Ancelotti’s comments in Spanish newspaper AS, Isco’s performances has elevated him to an untouchable level.
Sunday’s copy of Marca also leads with a similar headline, calling Isco the ‘leader of leaders’, with the creative playmaker expected to keep his place in Los Blancos’ side for their game against Villarreal.
Ancelotti, Isco and the team will be hoping for a good result against the top four contenders at the Bernabeu after Barcelona’s 3-1 away win at Granada closed the gap to just one point between the top two in the league.