Karanka: Casillas was not in his usual form



Former Real Madrid assistant coach has revealed that Iker Casillas was replaced by Diego Lopez as the first team goalkeeper due to his poor performances last year and insisted that there was no misunderstanding between the No 1 and Mourinho.

The new Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka , explained that the Spain International was not forced out of the Los blancos first team by Jose Mourinho due to any fight or misunderstanding between them. Karanka has cleared that Iker Casillas was not playing up to his full potential and was benched due to his bad form. On the contrary, Spanish media reported that Jose and the goalkeeper did not get along well.

“We thought a lot about his situation because we knew he was not just any player. We thought he should be performing better,” he told.

“I don’t know if Iker understood why he was benched. The same thing happened with [Fernando] Hierro, [Manuel] Sanchis and Raul. I think that he must have understood the situation. We were friends. We don’t have that relationship now because I left the club, and in all honesty, during those three years, especially towards the end, our relationship wasn’t great,” he added.

Iker Casillas was injured last December and the team needed an experienced goalkeeper in order to achieve their La Decima dream. In order to place tough hands between the sticks, Real Madrid bought Diego Lopez from Sevilla . The former Villarreal goalkeeper displayed great performances during Casillas’s absence and became Real Madrid’s regular. Casillas, on the other hand, was doubted to gain his full potential back and did not feature in any of the matches in the remainder of the season.



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