‘Everyone deserves Arbeloa’s goodbye…’

Iker Casillas has paid tribute to former Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Arbeloa, but hinted he was disappointed he didn’t get the farewell the defender did.

Arbeloa will leave Los Blancos this summer and made his final Santiago Bernabeu appearance on Sunday in the win over Valencia, the scenes in contrast to Casillas’ exit, who left for Porto with a Press conference.

“One of my former teammates, Alvaro, bids farewell to Madrid. I want to thank him for all he has done for the club. A youth team player, he had to go somewhere else to show he had the quality for Madrid,” Casillas noted in a Facebook post, AS reports.

“Every Madrid player deserves that kind of farewell, with their teammates and with the fans. I appreciate what he has given to the team and I wish him luck in the new phase of his life that’s opening.”

Casillas also commented on another former teammate, Juan Carlos Valeron, a Spain colleague who is retiring this summer and had an emotional last game at Las Palmas.

“It’s a week of goodbyes. Valeron was a teammate, a rival and a friend. He’s 40. What can you say about El Flaco?! What I’ve already said – thanks. Football is losing a great player and a great person. Much love and all the best to you,” Casillas added.

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