I've improved this season – Isco

The Spain international has been named La Liga’s ‘five-star’ player for February and March and puts his performances down to his new position

Real Madrid star Isco believes he has improved as a player this season as a result of playing in a deeper midfield role.

The 22-year-old made his name operating as an attacking midfielder and a winger but has spent much of this season in a central midfield position as Carlo Ancelotti has attempted to accommodate all of his star forwards.

“This season I’ve been doing a job that maybe before I didn’t have. In that respect I’ve grown a lot,” he said after being named La Liga’s ‘five-star’ player for February and March.

However, Isco or James Rodriguez could assume Gareth Bale’s wide berth against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, with the Welshman a doubt after picking up an injury in the 9-1 thrashing of Granada on Sunday.

The result has breathed fresh life into the club’s season after a faltering 2015 so far, which has seen Barcelona overtake them at the top of La Liga and establish a four-point lead.

Ancelotti’s side were also fortunate to scrape past Schalke in the last 16 of the Champions League but remain in the hunt for both trophies, with Isco determined to land more silverware.

“I hope the fans support us as they have up until now because we’re going to give it everything to win both titles.

“Real Madrid have to be fighting for trophies every season we can and that’s the case this year as well. We’re more than still in it in both competitions and we’ll give it our best to bring them both home.”

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