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Tuesday June 4 2013
Casillas holds no grudge with Mou

Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he holds no grudges towards former boss Jose Mourinho.

Casillas was dropped by the Portuguese for the latter part of last season in favour of Diego Lopez, but insists he hopes things go well for Mourinho in his new role at Chelsea.

“Mourinho has embarked on a new journey and I wish him all the best. When he was at Real Madrid he made some decisions and you have to respect that,” said Casillas at a presentation for Mediaset Espana in Madrid.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t achieve the objectives we had in mind, which were the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, so there’s no point in going over it again.

“I wish him luck and hopefully everything goes well. He gave everything for Madrid and I personally do not hold any grudges.”

Questioned about his absence for the final match of the season against Osasuna, Casillas maintained he will be ready for Spain’s participation in the Confederations Cup despite so much time spent inactive.

“I’m always ready to play. I have to thank [Vicente] Del Bosque for the confidence he has shown in me after some months without playing and I hope to be on the same level as my teammates, although I’ll begin with a major disadvantage.

“To be back with the national team is always a challenge because we have an exciting team that makes everybody happy. On a collective level the Confederations Cup is a good opportunity to win the only title we haven’t won.

“Every time I am with this team it gives me great pleasure and I’m confident we can return to Spain with the title.”

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