Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Real Madrid not reliant on Vinicius Junior - Santiago Solari

Real Madrid not reliant on Vinicius Junior - Santiago Solari

"I'm not the one to advise anyone", he told a press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Real Betis.

Midfielder Isco has fallen out of favour at Real, finding minutes hard to come by under Solari.

"There are players here with lots of experience and trophies".

"The strength of Real Madrid is always in the group", Solari said when asked if it was an issue that his team's most important player is Vinicius, 18. "Players who reach the Primera Division, play here for many years, and have won a lot, they know what they need to do".

Spain global Isco is yet to start a league match since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout, leading to reports linking him with a move away from the Champions League holders.

"I have 24 players and would be happy for them all to play more", Solari said.

Real Betis is to host Real Madrid on Sunday at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.

"We have three competitions and they are all important".

A 2-2 draw at Villarreal and last weekend's 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad to start 2019 has left Madrid in fifth place and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Madrid, however, are in the middle of an injury crisis, with Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio all missing, and Solari may start Isco against Betis.

"I would not call it unfortunate", he said.

'We'll have to see who plays tomorrow, the squad list hasn't been completely decided on yet.

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