Arbeloa: Everything fine with Iker

Alvaro Arbeloa has looked to ease concerns of a difficult relationship with Real Madrid and Spain teammate Iker Casillas.

The right-back recently commented that the players were to blame for Jose Mourinho’s exit from Madrid this summer, with it assumed that he was referencing in particular a difficult relationship between the Coach and Casillas.

However, the 30-year-old has looked to clarify his situation and determine that there is no issue with his goalkeeping colleague.

“My relationship with him is the same as before I made those statements,” Arbeloa told reporters at his Press conference this week.

“And it is good. We carry the same shields on our chest, those of Madrid and Spain.

“Moreover, those statements were not about Iker. Not even directly. Therefore, there can be no interpretations.”

Arbeloa was asked of another Madrid colleague in Xabi Alonso, who is absent this summer through injury.

“I miss him because we are friends. Xabi is central to the national team, but we have a good enough group not to miss anyone.”

Arbeloa faces competition in the national squad this summer from Cesar Azpilicueta.

“We both have good strength in defence, we are aggressive, tight and aggressive in marking, but he is a pure full-back compared to me.

“I began playing as a centre-back and then was converted. He has been a full-back from the lower categories.”

Spain are drawn in Group B of the Confederations Cup, against Tahiti and Nigeria, but with most interest pulled in the first meeting of the competition, set with Uruguay.

“We played recently in Qatar and we struggled to beat them. They have good players.

“And Cavani and Suarez are two impressive strikers. They are a very tough opponent to start against, but we hope to win the Confederations Cup.”

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