Xavi slams Real Madrid for treatment with Casillas
The manner of Iker Casillas’s Real Madrid exit leaves “a bad taste in the mouth”, according to Barcelona legend and Iker’s former Spain teammate Xavi who joined Qatar side Al Sadd after his illustrious career at Camp Nou.
10 time European Champions Real Madrid have been criticised for not being able to give their 25 year servant Iker Casillas a proper farewell.
“It cannot be that maturing Spanish athletes are not shown sufficient respect,” Xavi told La Vanguardia.
“He is going to Porto and I am sure he will be welcomed as a hero. Away from here they will appreciate him more.”
Casillas appearded alone in the press room at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and during reading his farewell speech for his glorious career at Real Madrid, the 34 year old goalkeeper broke into tears.
The Spanish club responded to heavy criticism by organising an official presentation at the Bernabeu the next day, when hundreds of fans called for president Florentino Perez to quit.
The circumstances of his exit contrast greatly to the farewell Xavi was given by Barca earlier this summer, after 17 years with the European champions.
“I look at Iker and I have the feeling that lately he is playing under pressure, as if he has to prove what a great keeper he is in every match, without the joy he always had,” said 35 year old Xavi.
“In recent years I have seen that he is not enjoying himself like before. He even seems bitter and I think everyone in this country should think about this.
“It cannot be that people neglect to value everything they have done for their sport and instead focus on their defects, sometimes with malicious intent.”
Casillas, who had one year left on his contract, won two Copa Del Reys, one Club World Cup, three Champions Leagues and five La Liga titles with Real and holds the record for Spanish caps (162), winning two European Championships and the World Cup.
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