LAS PALMAS-REAL MADRID

Zidane: "Isco is a Real Madrid player and he's going to stay"

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane faced the media ahead of Saturday's LaLiga clash at Las Palmas, with Isco proving the hot topic.

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Zidane: "Isco is a Real Madrid player and he's going to stay"
JESUS ALVAREZ ORIHUELA

Zidane's press conference ahead of Las Palmas-Real Madrid:

Rotating his side: "Isco and Sergio Ramos have niggles and won't be able to travel. As for the rest, we'll see. We'll go there aiming to put in a good display and whoever we take will need to be on their game."

Las Palmas: "It's an important game for us, even if Tuesday [when Real face Juventus in the Champions League] is also on our minds. To prepare well for the game in Turin, we have to do well tomorrow."

Zidane on Isco: "He's a Real Madrid player and he's going to stay".

"Isco's a Real player and he's going to stay here"

Isco: "I'm not unfair on him. And he's happy. Maybe he hasn't been enjoying as central a role here [as he has with Spain], but I've always made it clear to him that he's important."

Isco's apparent veiled swipe at Zidane in giving "the [Spain] coach's confidence" as a reason behind his superb display against Argentina: "People are free to interpret his words as they wish, but I'm not unhappy with him."

The midfielder's hat-trick against the Albiceleste: "I saw it, and I was very happy about it."

Isco's future: "He's a Real Madrid player and he's going to stay here. He's a player I like."

Zidane during his press conference on Friday.

"I'd like to stay on - I like what I do"

Zidane's own future as Real Madrid head coach: "I'd like to stay on; that hasn't changed. I like what I do."

Gareth Bale: "He's ready to play."