Spain international Álvaro Arbeloa has given an interview to Spanish radio station ‘Cadena SER’, discussing his relationship with Real Madrid and Spain colleague Iker Casillas. After Madrid’s last game of the La Liga season against Osasuna, Arbeloa told reporters that some players in the Madrid squad had not given their all for the club in the same manner as coach José Mourinho. Speaking to the programme ‘El Larguero’ on Thursday night, the former Liverpool defender denied that his words had been aimed at Casillas, and acknowledged his desire to resolve the issue with his team-mate.
Vicente del Bosque: “He hasn’t spoken to us and I don’t think there’s any need. It’s not something that Vicente’s going to do. I don’t have any problem and we have a good relationship without damaging the national team.”
His comments after the match against Osasuna: “I simply said what I felt. I said that it was everyone’s responsibility, it was self-criticism and I began with myself. If I pointed the finger at anyone it was at me. I didn’t mention Iker, nor was I talking about him indirectly. Things were blown out of proportion and we need to move on.”
Support for José Mourinho: “I don’t do things out of self-interest. I’m honest and I simply said what I felt. I’m very grateful to Mourinho because he treated me brilliantly. Maybe other team-mates aren’t, but you can’t reproach them for that.”
Lunch with Mourinho supporters: “That information wasn’t true, because I ate with some friends.”
Atmosphere in the Spain squad: “I have a professional relationship with some and others are friends. In life you have relationships which go through good and bad times. The 23 internationals in the squad don’t all have to be friends. I have a good relationship with everyone, but it’s true that I’d only go out for dinner with some.”
Seeking a resolution with Casillas: "We definitely need to talk. Too much is being made of this and I hope it ends soon. I'm sure we will work it out."