Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Ruben Martinez has added his view to the debate surrounding Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas and Antonio Adan.
Coach Jose Mourinho has pulled headlines and criticism during and since the winter break for dropping Casillas for the last game of 2012 and first of 2013, in favour of reserve back-up Adan.
For member of the goalkeepers’ union Ruben, the situation should not be seen as different to any other in La Liga.
“It’s a little weird, but I read the other day that 36 goalkeepers have so far played in the League this season,” reflected the shot-stopper to gathered media today.
“If Casillas is dropped, who is considered one of the best in the world, it creates a stir, but here we have changed the goalie and nothing happened, nor has it at many other teams.
“If Mourinho decides to pick Adan then he has his reasons and Casillas will have to respect that and bide his time. It is a regular thing for all teams and we should not give too much attention to it.”
The 28-year-old was talking ahead of his team’s preparations for their Friday evening fixture away to Athletic Bilbao.
“It will be a tough game, because they come from a bad run of form, whilst their pitch is always very tight, they defend man for man and play the ball out from the back, so it will be open.
“We’re going to go out as usual, though, and try to get the three points. We’re having a good run of results and are playing well, we have won three in a row [against Valencia, Levante and Getafe] and we are very happy.
“But nothing else, that is the past and we are thinking only of Athletic, which will be very difficult.”