Iker Casillas discusses his relationship with Jose Mourinho

by Leo Nieboer

Former Real Madrid keeper has been discussing his relationship with Jose Mourinho, noting that their relationship soured during the Portuguese’s time at the Bernabeu.

The 54-year-old controversially dropped the much-loved Spaniard back to the bench back in December 2012 and, following a serious injury to Casillas, signed Diego Lopez from Sevilla and kept him in the starting XI even after the 35-year-old’s return to fitness.

Mourinho departed the club in 2013, making way for Carlo Ancelotti, who ended up only using Casillas in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League during his time in charge.

And Casillas, when asked about Mourinho, was notably cold in his response.

“At the beginning there was a lot of connection, we interacted a lot, but in the end, there wasn’t a very good feeling,” he said.

“It’s like a couple, at the beginning you are very much in love and then it is no longer enough.”

You can tell that poor Iker has never quite recovered from the heartbreak handed his way by Mourinho. The 54-year-old set in motion a phase in his Madrid career that saw him lose a regular place in the starting XI. And as a Madrid fan from boyhood, one can only imagine the pain this would have caused.

Then again, one cannot say that Mourinho’s decision to drop a fans’ favourite wasn’t vindicated. Remember that spectacular array of saves made by Lopez during the second half at Old Trafford back in 2013? Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal and Nani’s red card often overshadow the fact that, if it wasn’t for Casillas’ replacement, Manchester United would have gone through that night.

But that’s in the past, I guess. Madrid’s goalkeeper for next season, on the other hand, is a far more contentious issue for Man United fans.

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