Iker Casillas snubs Alvaro Arbeloa on Real Madrid bench

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Iker Casillas fuelled rumours of player unrest at Real Madrid after seemingly snubbing team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa as the Spanish defender was substituted during Sunday's 2-0 defeat against Celta Vigo.

The pair are reported to have had a strained relationship for quite some time, dating back to when Jose Mourinho was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. But the hostility seems to have remained, even after The Special One's departure last summer.

Casillas was involved in a high-profile bust-up with the now Chelsea manager, and as an ally of the Portuguese tactician, Arbeloa's bond with the Real Madrid captain has been damaged.

As the 31-year-old was withdrawn by Carlo Ancelotti 10 minutes into the second half against Celta, he received high-fives and fist bumps from all of Real Madrid's substitutes, except Casillas, who refused to even recognise Arbeloa sit down next to him.

Fair enough you might say, given the air of frustration at Balaídos after Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes were dashed by defeat against Celta Vigo.

However, Casillas made matters worse when moments later he acknowledged Sami Khedira as he took his place on the bench between the two foes, further highlighting his alleged disliking of the former Liverpool full-back.

Watch footage of Iker Casillas snubbing Alvaro Arbeloa as he was substituted by Real Madrid at the weekend by clicking HERE - and have your say on their treacherous relationship in the comment box below…

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