SPAIN | IKER CASILLAS
"There were tears and dark nights, now I’m happy again"
Casillas gave an interview to FIFA.com in which he talked about coming back from five months on the sidelines to be Spain's number one again.
Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said that returning to the starting line up for Spain has allowed him to get his “happiness back", after what has been a strange spell for him, in which he broke his hand and ended up on the bench at Real Madrid. Asked how he dealt with that period he said he had “thought of the team and what’s best for Real Madrid”. “I cried, suffered, felt bad and had nights where I slept little, if at all”, he said in an interview with FIFA.com. He continued, saying “I'm a Madridista through and through, and before everyone else – coaches, presidents, directors of football, even myself – the club always comes first”.
Casillas said it “wasn't a completely new feeling, but it was certainly different” when he came back from five months out in the game against Uruguay. “When you've been out for five months, it takes a while to get everything straight in your head. Luckily my coach and team-mates have treated me extremely well, because that’s important when you're finding your way back. For goalkeepers, confidence comes from games and minutes. So whenever someone gives you an opportunity or shows faith in you, it always gives you a boost”, said the Real Madrid keeper.
In spite of what happened under Mourinho during the second half of last season Casillas said he was keen to finish his career at the Bernabeu: “I would love to finish my career at Real Madrid. But I would not cause a scene if, one day, a coach were to come along and decide he doesn't need me. Only then would I look elsewhere. And I repeat: Real is my priority. This club has given me everything, and it's thanks to them that I'm wearing this Spain shirt today”.
Casillas also said that his hand had healed remarkably well and that he would even go as far as to say that it was “better than before”. He concluded by saying that he “really has got his happiness back” and that having turned the corner he is a “different Iker Casillas”.