Iker Casillas speaks about his ‘bad relationship’ with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid [XL Semanal]

All of a sudden, the topic of how Iker Casillas left Real Madrid is once again back on the agenda.

Many people were taken aback on Sunday, as Los Blancos beat Valencia 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu to maintain their hopes of winning the Spanish league title.

One of the stand out features of the Real Madrid win on Sunday was the fine send off they gave to Alvaro Arbeloa.

The former Liverpool full back will not have his contract renewed at The Bernabeu and was greeted with a huge shirt by the Real Madrid support in the stands on Sunday.

Arbeloa came on for the final 11 minutes of the game, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo and also received the bumps from his team mates after the game.

Whilst we can understand that Arbeloa is a popular figure at Real Madrid, where he has been a true defender of the shirt, both on the pitch and social media, many have wondered why Iker Casillas got such a poor send off in comparison.

As that issue percolates, Casillas, now at FC Porto, has spoken to Spanish news outlet XL Semanal over the past few days in an exclusive interview.

During the piece, the Spanish World Cup winner has spoken out about how Jose Mourinho treated him badly at Real Madrid. He said:

I had to decide whether I was going to stay and be the figure of ridicule that others enjoyed poking like a voodoo doll, or leave and be able to breathe again. I chose the second option to live more peacefully.

If I had looked out for myself more, it would have been a madhouse every day, particularly in the last year. 

It was uncomfortable (with Jose Mourinho) because within the team there was two people whose relationship was deteriorating – it’s something that happens all the time – it happens to a lot of couples. But that bad relationship made people take sides – it divided people. I only hope that, with time, those ghosts of the past will eventually disappear.

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