Iker Casillas refused to warm up v Betis, Barcelona rumoured to want Real Madrid goalie
The future of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid is again under the microscope following a segment on Spanish TV’s “Tiki-Taka” show on the Cuatro channel on Tuesday night.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti began his reign in the Real Madrid dugout by selecting Diego Lopez to stand between the Los Blancos sticks rather than club legend Iker Casillas.
Footage shown on the Tiki-Taka programme now suggests that Casillas responded to not playing against Betis by refusing to take part in the Madrid warm-up before kick-off.
The edited footage shows Casillas lumbering around the Santiago Bernabeu pitch in the warm-up, with the goalie looking completely disinterested as he pottered around the surface with his hands behind his back and with his head titled towards the grass.
Tellingly, when Casillas was approached by a Real Madrid goalkeeping coach, the Spanish World Cup and European Championship winner was lipread saying, “At least I’ll get to play in the Bernabeu Trophy!”
And then the twist.
Following the Tiki-Taka show Spanish paper Sport have published an article claiming that Barcelona are now trying to prise Casillas away from Madrid.
According to Sport, Sandro Rosell, Andoni Zubizarreta and Javier Faus have held an internal meeting at the Nou Camp to discuss the possibility of signing Iker, with the Barcelona triumvirate committed to trying to convince Casillas to make the move.
For the record, Casillas has a contract at Real Madrid until 2017.
The Iker Casillas segment on the “Tiki-Taka” show on the Cuatro channel can be seen below.