Isco set to captain Real against Melilla in first start under Solari

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Real Madrid's newly-appointed manager Santiago Solari has made the decision to relegate Isco to a secondary role at Real Madrid, and this could only mean one thing: the reigning champions of Europe look set to part ways with the talented playmaker as soon as the chance arises.

Solari was taking charge of his first game as temporary boss when Real cruised to a 4-0 win in the away leg against the third-tier side at the end of October. "That's what we all want to see out on the field against Melilla". But there could be an arrangement for both parties; after all, Isco will barely play under Solari and unless his attitude changes dramatically, he won't be back with the first team any time soon.

There have been constant questions for Solari with regard to the Malaga-born playmaker and the Argentine has instead opted to speak about the importance of the team, stating that no player's position is safe in the line-up, but it is poignant that a player who featured so prominently under Julen Lopetegui had been nearly forgotten about Solari.

Solari was giving little away in terms of team selection, but Castilla players Javi Sanchez, Fidalgo and Cristo have been included in his squad.

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The coach also praised his midfielder Luka Modric, who won the Ballon d'Or trophy Monday, noting that the Croatian player "had a wonderful year and he's given everything to Real Madrid and his national team..."

"It's Modric's year", Solari added.

"It comes at a time of maturity in his career. So, we are very happy for him".

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