The former Los Blancos midfielder – who retired in November – has been left baffled by the Spaniard’s snub.
Rafael van der Vaart claims out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Isco is the “best player in the world” as he struggles for game time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Isco’s future in Madrid is uncertain, with head coach Santiago Solari continuing to overlook the Spain international amid links to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 26-year-old has only made five LaLiga starts this season, though he was named in the starting XI on Wednesday as Madrid lost 1-0 to Leganes but still advanced to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate.
Former Madrid midfielder Van der Vaart – who retired in November – has been left baffled by Isco’s snub.
“It’s crazy for me, he is the best player in the world,” Van der Vaart told Marca.
“But, he always has problems with coaches and even [Zinedine] Zidane never trusted him 100 per cent.
“When I go to watch Madrid I’ll see if he starts and if not, I’m going home.”