Isco: I want to be an important player at Madrid

The Spain international is hoping that he can convince Carlo Ancelotti that he is worthy of more game time this season

Isco admitted that he is desperate to establish himself as an “important” member of the Real Madrid first team after impressing in Saturday’s Liga win at Levante.

The attacking midfielder joined Los Blancos from Malaga for €30 million last summer and, despite a strong start to his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has struggled for game time under coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Isco was afforded a rare start – just his third in La Liga this season – in Valencia and he took his chance to shine, netting in a resounding 5-0 triumph.

Consequently, the 22-year-old is now hoping to show Ancelotti that he is worthy of more regular action.

“I’m still young. I have a lot of things to improve on, and that comes with minutes on the pitch.

“I’m happy with the chance the boss has given me and I hope to be an important player for the rest of the season.

“I’m very happy about the goal and team’s work, as it is always difficult after the international break.”

Ronaldo struck twice against Malaga, while Javier Hernandez and James Rodriguez were also on target, and Isco believes Madrid are great shape heading into their midweek Champions League clash with Liverpool and Saturday’s Clasico showdown with Barcelona.

“The team put it to them from the first minute and we got a good result in a very difficult ground,” he enthused. “We are on a roll and ready for the stretch of the season coming up.

“Now we have a very difficult and important match at Anfield. The team are doing very well at the moment and we hope to continue that way.”

With Barcelona having beaten Eibar later in the day, Madrid will go into next weekend’s meeting with the Catalans at the Bernabeu needing a win to close to within a point of the Liga leaders.

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