‘I’d understand if Iker wanted to go’

Bernd Schuster says he would understand if Iker Casillas were to leave Real Madrid, as he urges his former side to start picking the No 1.

The current Malaga tactician, who was a former player at the Santiago Bernabeu, also worked with Casillas at the club as Coach during the 2007-08 campaign.

For the German, current Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to play Diego Lopez ahead of the Spain international for the Week 1 match with Real Betis was puzzling.

“It is important to remember that Iker was out of the team last season with injury and the Coach brought in a replacement,” qualified Schuster on the topic.

“For an injury, the player always has the right to return. Diego Lopez has played some good matches and Real Madrid needed him.

“The position of goalkeeper at Real Madrid is very difficult and Iker is who he is. A player like him cannot be in this situation. I do not understand it.

“If everything is normal, although there is competition, which is good to have, Iker has to be there.

“I would understand if Iker wanted to go, but on the other hand he is an iconic player. Raul was one you could not see at another club and Iker is the same, it is hard to picture him playing for another team.

“But this is a World Cup year and he cannot afford to spend it on the bench. He has to play.”

Schuster commented on how the situation could only worsen if Casillas remained out of the team.

“What is a problem, as we saw last year, is that there is no other player like Iker. Already we are discussing this and as was with Mourinho last season, it was unbelievable.

“It is not good for the team nor for Iker. I’m surprised they want to endure this, they must find a clearer solution.”

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