Iker Casillas reveals details about his six-month crisis at Real Madrid
Iker Casillas grew out of favor in the eyes of Mourinho following a locker-room dispute back in December last year. Since then Jose preferred to feature Antonio Adan from the reserve team for the job between the posts. Later, the Portuguese tactician added Diego Lopez to his squad during the winter transfer window and promoted him to the first-team.
The 32-year-old Spain international hasn’t featured for Real Madrid since he broke his hand in the Copa del Rey match against Valencia. In spite of his forced sabbatical from action, Iker Casillas remained the first-captain of the team. The Spaniard soon won support from his teammates and Jose Mourinho’s plan to alienate him from the team started to implode.
“I cried, suffered, felt bad and had nights where I slept little, if at all,” Iker Casillas said. “I am a Madridista through and through, and before everyone else - coaches, presidents, directors of football, even myself - the club always comes first. A lot of people helped me deal with being injured, which was a situation I'd never experienced before. I always try to be respectful. When you're not playing, as was the case with me, you have to accept it, work hard, be patient and keep going. It's no big deal.”
Now that Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea, his successor Carlo Ancelotti is expected to bring Iker Casillas back to the first-team. Casillas claims the last six months of his life have changed him, but he was happy where he is now and is looking forward to the future.
“Yes, I really have got my happiness back,” Iker said. “It's always difficult when you find yourself in a situation you've never experienced before. It hasn't been easy, but now I've turned the corner, I'm a different Iker Casillas.”
In spite of missing action for nearly half a year, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had no fear in featuring Casillas in his first-team at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Iker Casillas, who has capped 146 times for Spain, appreciated Vicente del Bosque and his compatriots for showing faith in him.
“When you've been out for five months, it takes a while to get everything straight in your head,” Iker Casillas said. “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.”