Real Madrid star Isco making 'every minute count'

Man-of-the-moment Isco impressed in Real Madrid's win over Alaves and is feeling confident ahead of a crucial stage of the season.

Isco says he is making every minute Zinedine Zidane gives him on the pitch count after starring in Real Madrid's victory over Alaves.

The playmaker's future has been heavily scrutinised as the season has progressed, with reports he could make a shock move to Barcelona when his contract expires in 2018.

Madrid starts slowly with tough month ahead

Talks about a renewal are on hold and Isco has stressed his desire to play more regularly, but he made the most of his 14th La Liga start of the season in the 3-0 home win over Alaves.

Isco scored Madrid's second goal with five minutes remaining and was constantly involved, registering a season-high 101 touches.

"I'm feeling very good," said Isco when asked about his recent run of form after Sunday's match. "I always try to give the best that I can. I am trying to make the most of the every minute the boss gives me and I am very happy.

"The game had become a bit uncertain and dangerous for us – a mistake could have cost us the victory. But we went on to score the second and third to earn a deserved win.

"I am happy with the three points because it was a very tough game."

Madrid's victory came with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez all rested, while Casemiro was suspended.

Isco's impressive late finish was his fifth goal in his last six league starts, boosting his chances of playing a key role as La Liga and the Champions League are decided.

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"I didn't have much of an angle, so I thought I had to fire it high or not at all," he said.

"We are entering a moment of the season when we play for everything. We have a complicated month, but the team is doing well physically and mentally too."