Speaking to the media ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to face Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti discussed his relationship with Isco.

The Italian coach played down suggestions of a fall-out between himself and the Spanish playmaker. Isco abandoned his warm-up during Madrid’s 4-1 win over Granada after being informed he would be introduced at a later point in the game.

“I don’t have to talk to Isco, I’m very fond of him and it’s not much of a problem,” Ancelotti said.

“Isco is professional, serious, and angry because he doesn’t play, but he has never disrespected me and I have never disrespected him. And he will never disrespect me, and I will never disrespect him.

“We have a relationship that is not only professional; we have spent a lot of time together, we respect each other to the fullest.”