Atletico Madrid’s Koke called on his international teammate Isco to switch allegiances in Spain’s capital following the midfielder’s complaints over his lack of playing time under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Isco put on a show during Spain’s beating of Argentina, becoming the first member of the national team to score a hat-trick since 2013 in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
After the match, Isco revealed his frustration over his role with Los Blancos, saying he was relieved to have a regular role with the national team after suggesting Zidane does not have faith in him.
According to Koke, that wouldn’t be the case for the 25-year-old if he made the switch to Atletico Madrid, where the Spanish midfielder says Isco would enjoy a starring role for Real’s capital-city rival.
“I see it well, the time we are together and when he plays with us is the best,” Koke said, according to the Daily Mail.
“His level is spectacular. In his club I do not see him every day and I do not know what Zidane thinks, but I love Isco.
“If he does not have continuity there, maybe at Atleti he would have it.”
Isco, who signed a five-year contract in September, has been substituted in 20 of the 25 starts he’s made for Real Madrid this term.