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Barcelona star puzzled by Real Madrid goalkeeper situation

Casillas & Iniesta are Spain team-mates (©GettyImages)
Casillas & Iniesta are Spain team-mates (©GettyImages).

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta revealed that he has yet to understand why Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper Iker Casillas is not playing for Real Madrid at the moment.

The goalkeeper injured his finger early in January this year in a Copa del Rey match against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium. But since his recovery last month, Casillas has become an unused substitute, watching eight consecutive Real Madrid games from the bench.

Real manager Jose Mourinho has shown a preference for former Villarreal shot-stopper Diego Lopez, even though the latter has conceded 13 goals since April 4.

Lopez was a victim of Robert Lewandowski’s attacks in Real Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last month, and he also allowed three goals in his net on Saturday against Real Valladolid.

Taking into account the weaknesses of the ex-Sevilla keeper, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta is convinced that the reasons behind Casillas’ current inactivity at his club has nothing to do with tactical decisions.

“From the outside, it is difficult to understand his [Casillas’] situation,” Iniesta told Onda Cero. “Especially when you consider what he represents and has done for Madrid. It is a difficult situation for him.

“Not only because he is not playing, but also because of everything else,”

Iniesta further explained as he made reference to the seemingly fractured relationship between Casillas and Mourinho.

“I do not think it has got anything to do with a sporting issue, but [rather] everything off the field that you hear about.” the World Cup-winner added.

Casillas signed a professional contract with Real Madrid team in 1999, after nine years in the club’s youth ranks. He has since made over 450 appearances for Los Blancos, and has won five league titles, as well as two Champions League trophies.

 

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