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Saint Iker: Good To Be Back

Real Madrid and Spain skipper, Iker Casillas, committed his future to Los Blancos after making his return to the starting line-up against FC Copenhagen last night.

Having slipped behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order at the Bernabeu, it has been rumoured that Casillas could be thinking of leaving the club he has served so well.

He admits that his mind has entertained complicated thoughts ever since his demotion began to feel more permanent.

But flush with the adrenalin and relief of keeping a clean sheet in Europe’s toughest club competition, Casillas says he remains wedded to Los Blancos.

He was unfortunate to suffer an injury in Real’s last Champions League tie against Galatasaray, which was to be his first taste of competitive football this season.

He finally managed to get 90 minutes into his gloves last night, and with a few eye-catching saves he played a role in Madrid’s stroll to victory.

"It was a long time without playing in the Bernabeu in an official match and getting back to wearing this shirt makes me feel proud,” club legend and Spanish football icon Casillas said.

“It has been a very long time and a lot has happened in that time but I have not tried to hide anything.

“The team should be congratulated because we managed to win, which was not easy. The club has treated me very well and Real Madrid are more important than Casillas. The players try to make it better. We have to focus on the present.

“We have a team with great quality."

Regarding his own place in the team, and how intends to cope with the rest of the season in which playing in the Champions League might be his only consolation, Iker added: "When you've gone so long without playing, lots of things go through your head.

“But my dream is to keep playing until the mind and body will permit.

“Real Madrid is the most demanding club and playing in this team and for Spain means that people have opinions of you.

“What I want is to play football and do so for Real Madrid.

“Right now, the aim is to keep going. You have to respect the most critical people and work hard to change their minds so they are with the team so that, together, we can win titles."

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