Thursday, 9th May, 2013
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has moved to douse the fire that is now plaguing team-mate Iker Casillas, adding that "it’s not worth it" to spur any more controversy within the team.
Casillas has been at the centre of a saga in recent weeks because of his lack of game time after his recovery from injury. In his stead, head coach Jose Mourinho picks ex-Sevilla custodian Diego Lopez, whom the club signed last January.
Mourinho’s preference has earned him the ire of fans and players alike, with defender Pepe blasting the Portuguese’s lack of respect for the Spanish number one.
Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta has also joined in the fray, admitting that he annot understand why Casillas isn’t first-choice keeper.
Mourinho not willing to yield, has hit back at the two players as well as reiterating to the public that his decisions as Los Blancos coach should be respected.
With all the heat starting to reach boiling point, Alonso has moved to settle things down, telling Spanish daily Marca, "As it happens, Iker is now on the bench. But this is football, a team sport.
"I think Diego is doing well and Casillas has given the team impeccable support. It’s not worth it to create more controversy. Now we must give our everything for the people who support us", Alonso concluded.
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