CONFEDERATIONS CUP | SPAIN
Casillas: “Able to play? I’m always able to play”
The keeper didn’t figure in the squad list for the Osasuna game. His last words to Mou: “I’ve nothing personal against him; he stood up for the club”.
Iker Casillas took part in an presentation act for this month’s 2013 Confederations Cup on Monday and revealed that the reasons behind his omission from the list for the final game of the season against Osasuna was nothing to do with physical problems. “My back is fine. Was I in conditions to play? I’m always able to play – especially after such a long time out on the sidelines,” the keeper explained.
Casillas doesn’t want to open old wounds with José Mourinho, who starts a new phase in career today at Chelsea. “I don’t bear any grudges against Mourinho, nor do I feel badly treated by him. He made decisions which he felt were the best ones for the club and I personally nothing personal against him. Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our objectives in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League but I wish him the best of luck at Chelsea because he always stood up for Real Madrid”.
The keeper was also asked his opinion on Álvaro Arbeloa’s words about the coach in the mixed zone after the Osasuna match: “That’s for him to respond to, it doesn’t concern me but tomorrow, you can ask him,” Casillas said.
“We’re here to talk about the national team and the Confederations Cup. I really appreciate the confidence Del Bosque has placed in me and I promise to repay him by working as hard as I can. I am at a slight disadvantage to my team mates in terms of fitness and so I really need to get down to some hard work,” the Spain captain ended.