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Iker Casillas holds no Mourinho grudge

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Real Madrid and Spanish goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas claims he holds no grudges towards outgoing coach Jose Mourinho, who rejoined Chelsea on Monday.

The pair infamously fell out earlier this season, and Mourinho's refusal to play the keeper - instead preferring the recently-signed former Sevilla stopper Diego Lopez - is the main reason why his relationship with much of the Madrid squad was so strained, as the club failed to win a major trophy in the manager's last season.

Indeed Casillas did not make a single appearance for Los Blancos after the New Year, with Mourinho even preferring fourth-choice keeper Jesus Fernandez for the season-ending game against Osasuna last weekend.

However, Casillas was quick to stress that he wished Mourinho all the success for his remaining time within management. 

He told reporters in Spain: "I don't hold any grudge nor do I feel mistreated by him. He took the decisions which he thought were the best for the club and you need to respect that. I've nothing personal against him.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to achieve our objectives in the Copa del Rey and Champions League in the end, but there's no point going on about that."

"Mourinho has embarked on a new journey and I wish him the best."

Meanwhile, Madrid will begin their search for a new manager after Mourinho's three-year stay officially came to an end, with Paris Saint-Germain's Carlo Ancelotti widely linked with the post.

Out-going Bayern-Munich coach Jupp Heynckes may be a more viable option, and would come in on the back of an extraordinary treble-winning season with the Bavarian side.

 

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