Casillas claims that he and Mourinho came to loggerheads after the ‘keeper tried to smooth things over with Barca rivals
JOSE MOURINHO and Iker Casillas fell out at Real Madrid like an old married couple who lost the spark in their relationship, according to the iconic goalkeeper.
The Spain hero was dropped by the Manchester United boss during his fractious time at the Bernabeu, where went he went toe-to-toe in a war with Pep Guardiola.
Casillas claimed in February he and Mourinho came to loggerheads after he tried to smooth things over with Barca rivals he shared the Spain dressing room with.
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And he now reveals the pair started off in love but things fell apart before Mourinho left in 2013, just a year after signing a contract that ran until 2016.
Speaking on Spanish TV station Movistar +, Casillas said: “Initially we got along well but after a while things soured.
“We were like a couple who slowly see a relationship disintegrate.
“In the beginning there was a lot of connection, but in the end there was not a good feeling.
“It’s like a couple: at first it’s very passionate, but then it does not work.”
In 2016, when Casillas first explained his dramatic row with the former Chelsea boss that cost the club captain his No1 spot, he explained it stemmed from Mourinho’s siege mentality at the club.
The boss wanted all-out war against his La Liga rivals but the divide that pitted Casillas and Sergio Ramos against Xavi and Andres Iniesta was crippling La Roja.
As Spain skipper, Casillas tried to smooth things over and when Mourinho found out he punished the previously undroppable Galatico with a prolonged spell on the bench.
Casillas said: “It didn’t sit well with him that I spoke with someone from Barcelona to ease the tension in the national team.
“I spoke with Xavi and Puyi (Carles Puyol) but the words that we used were not ‘listen, forgive me’ – that’s what a journalist linked with Mourinho said.
“What I said to Xavi was ‘look, if we keep going like this, we’re going to burden Spanish football with the image we give with two teams like Madrid and Barcelona’.
“I was the captain of Real Madrid but also of Spain. Everyone can believe what they want. I have a club I owe but I also have a national team.
“There was a war between Mourinhoistas and Casillistas when I still hadn’t spoken.
“Then they tell me ‘you don’t speak because you use others to speak for you’. Are we crazy? Do people not have their own judgment, their own opinion?’
“I had spoken with him many times, but the last year we didn’t speak at all. It was an ugly situation. And I think what I did was for the best.”