Vicente Del Bosque has commented on the situations of Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique and Aritz Aduriz regarding the Spain side and Euro 2016.
Del Bosque has stood by Casillas even as the clamour for the former Real Madrid goalkeeper to be dropped has increased, but told an interview with Telediario that he won’t be swayed easily.
“The criticisms don’t affect who’ll start,” he said, AS reports, before moving on to Pique, who has been the target of whistle when turning out for La Roja.
“Some people are bothered that I speak well of him,” Del Bosque added.
“Sometimes he has a vision better than ours. It’s not on us to correct anyone’s behaviour. Maybe that different conduct is what’s best for him.”
Athletic Bilbao striker Aduriz has been touted for possible inclusion in the group to go to France, meanwhile, and Del Bosque insisted Aduriz’s more advanced years wouldn’t be a factor.
“There isn’t a squad every Sunday,” he cautioned as the campaign to name Aduriz grows with every weekend.
“We’ll see [for the next squad] in March. We’re not going to leave anyone out or marginalise anyone because of their age.”
Del Bosque’s own future is in the air as he has said he’ll step down after the summer tournament, while the future of the Spanish Football Federation is in question too as they prepare for elections with a cloud hanging over President Angel Maria Villar.
“We have plenty of time so that the Federation isn’t left without a leader,” he noted.
“The day I go will be with everything done right.
“The election? I’m aware of what’s happening. The candidacy of Jorge Perez caught my attention but everyone can do what they want.
“I haven’t been able to talk to him. I’ll be respectful to all of them because they have behaved well towards me. I have no problem with anyone.”