Vicente del Bosque says he didn’t realise how unhappy Iker Casillas was at being dropped for Spain’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Casillas was usually the team’s No 1 as well as captain but David De Gea got the nod for all four of La Roja’s matches in France, and it later emerged Casillas and Del Bosque’s relationship had frayed.
“I didn’t realise how confused he was. Should I have talked to him first? I don’t understand why. Coming to the national team should be something exciting. There wasn’t a bad atmosphere,” Del Bosque told Cuatro, AS reports.
“Maybe I was wrong, or maybe he was wrong. I got the feeling he didn’t like the decision but I said it normally, in a benevolent tone, even. I’d name the same squad if I did it again and I wouldn’t tell Iker he was going to start.
“When we made up he told me we couldn’t be like this. We talked for an hour. The substance of everything was him not playing.”