Register Login Scores

International

Casillas And Arbeloa Feud Over Mou

Real Madrid defender, Raul Albiol, admits that the relationship between his fellow defender, Alvaro Arbeloa, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has grown frosty.

And the reason for their frigid relationship is not because Arbeloa accidentally broke Casillas’ hand during a Copa del Rey match against Valencia last season.

Arbeloa and Casillas were in the separate cliques that developed behind the scenes at the Bernabeu, in reaction to former manager Jose Mourinho.

Casillas became Mou’s number one enemy, and never returned to the starting line-up after damaging his hand in a defensive mishap with Arbeloa.

Arbeloa meanwhile, has defended Mourinho’s hard-line approach even though it alienated some Real players, and has claimed that the assertion that Casillas was dropped out of spite was unfair to his excellent replacement, Diego Lopez.

And according to Albiol, tensions remain between the two Spanish internationals, and he hopes they can be resolved.

"The friendship [between Casillas and Arbeloa] has maybe got a little bit colder,” Albiol said, according to Soccernet.

“I would like things to get back to normal. It is not that they are getting on really badly, as people have said. But as a team-mate of the two, and I appreciate them both, I would like everything to return to normal."

Recently, Arbeloa claimed that the behaviour of some of his team-mates had let The Special One down.

He did not mention Casillas specifically, but in his defence of Lopez, it was clear that Arbeloa remains unimpressed by the way the Real Madrid skipper fell out with Mourinho.

"Mourinho did everything to defend this club, and few at Real Madrid can say that," Arbeloa told La Sexta.

"We are a club where, usually, the players are concerned with ourselves and then later with other things. There are people who do not like having a coach who would not let them relax. I prefer people like 'Mou', who are straight up. Mourinho left disillusioned with the players."

"There does not need to be so much of a commotion if someone goes to the bench occasionally," Arbeloa added.

"We all have a lot of respect [for Iker], but we must also show the same respect to Antonio Adan or Diego Lopez, independently of what they have achieved in the past. [Lopez] had a brilliant season, outstanding. At the moment I do not think he has to be jealous of any 'keeper in the world. He will have felt that there could have been a lack of respect."

nextarticle

SL's Top Managers: 10- Miguel Munoz

42 comments

Top 5

Inside Chiefs - How Amakhosi Make Dreams Come True...

3 Feb 21, 2020 01:03 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Players In Europe Revealed

13 Feb 11, 2020 07:14 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

What FIFA Says About The Yellow Card Saga…

165 Feb 21, 2020 02:36 PM in PSL

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

49 Feb 17, 2020 06:28 PM in English Premier League

10 Players Missing For Nedbank Last 16

6 Feb 21, 2020 09:01 AM in Nedbank Cup

Philosophical Rhulani Stuns As He Poses Alongside R6 Million Ride

11 Feb 21, 2020 02:12 PM in Show Me The Money

10 Images Of Teko’s Stunning New R3 Million Bentley

4 Feb 21, 2020 03:50 PM in Show Me The Money

What FIFA Says About The Yellow Card Saga…

165 Feb 21, 2020 02:36 PM in PSL

Reports: Real & PSG Pushed UEFA To Ban Man City

18 Feb 19, 2020 09:30 AM in UEFA Champions League

11 Things You Did Not Know About Nurkovic

13 Feb 19, 2020 01:48 PM in Footballers & Chill

A Plea To Pirates About Jele…

9 Feb 21, 2020 07:50 AM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Khanye Confident Of A Return To Top-Flight

12 Feb 21, 2020 12:14 PM in PSL

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Sundowns Closer To Top 5 In Africa

23 Feb 21, 2020 10:39 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns