Iker Casillas is fed up with the abuse he has been receiving from supporters…
Real Madrid goalkeeper has spoken out for the first time, after losing his place in the Spanish national team to in-form Manchester United stopper David de Gea.
Reports in the Daily Mail include quotes from Casillas, who told reporters: “I’m not immortal,” after being benched for Spain’s 4-0 win against Luxembourg.
Casillas, who has 158 caps for Spain, watched on from the bench as his country recovered from their shock 2-1 defeat against Slovakia with a comfortable win.
The 33-year-old has struggled for form for club and country over the last year or so, and knows that De Gea will be his long-term successor at Spanish number one.
Reports in Spain even suggest Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea, after Casillas has been regularly booed by his own fans. Despite this, the club legend insists he still feels loved when he plays at the Bernabeu.
Speaking about his future, he said: “I will not last forever. Everybody has to make their own decision about when to leave the national team, but I feel good, strong and with the desire to help my country do the best we can to be in France and to win the tournament, which isn’t going to be easy.
“Obviously I’ll keep going with the national team and for that reason I have to fight for my place with my club. But my idea is to keep playing for the national team.
“Nobody has been unfair on me. When you have played for a team like Real Madrid or Spain for so long, people demand you be the best, the player you always have been.
“You have to keep going, soak up the pressure and respond how you know how, by playing football. But over these years I’ll remember the good times more than the bad times, which I think are better.”
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