Everyone loves him - Zidane unconcerned by Isco woes

Isco reacted angrily to being substituted against Espanyol, but Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is not concerned about the off-colour star.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco   -  Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane is not worried about Isco's poor form nor his angry reaction to being substituted against Espanyol, and is adamant everyone at Real Madrid "loves" the Spain international.

Isco established himself as a vital part of Zidane's team last season, as Madrid went on to claim a LaLiga and Champions League double.

The former Malaga playmaker saw off the competition of James Rodriguez in the process, with the Colombian loaned to Bayern Munich for two years at the start of this season.

But the current campaign has been somewhat disappointing for Isco, who has started just four LaLiga games since the turn of the year.

One of those came in the 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Tuesday, as he produced an underwhelming display and was substituted for Karim Benzema after 69 minutes, reacting in disgruntled fashion to his withdrawal.

But Zidane insists there is no issue with the player and thinks such a reaction is to be expected.

"I don't think it was anything abnormal," Zidane told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday's match at home to Getafe.

"He wasn't happy about coming off, but that's the case with most players. He has a great attitude, trains well and everyone at the club loves him.

"There's nothing to worry about there. If a player is angry about being substituted then that is normal."