Former Spain coach Vincent del Bosque says he regrets his public fall out with legendary goal keeper Iker Casillas.
Del Bosque claims their row was a mistake but that the two have now made up.
Iker Casillas has been the first choice goal keeper for Spain for every tournament since Euro 2000, playing in 167 games. He has helped the team win the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 titles. His woes started from that period down and he has been widely criticised for his performance, especially as the team were knocked off at the World Cup in 2014 at the group stage and his consistently poor run for his former club Real Madrid and now FC Porto.
Manchester United goalie David De Gea, 25, was selected in goal ahead of Casillas at the Euro 2016 with Casillas on the bench up until they were knocked out of the tournament by Italy. Del Bosque revealed that it made Casillas relate badly with him and the rest of the coaching team. He said it left a bad taste considering that they met far back in 1990 at Real Madrid.
On Monday, the veteran coach said both of them had made up like father and son but that there had been no need to have taken the issue publicly.
“I did not see that this would be blown up so big. But it was easy to sort out as we have a very good relationship for many years. I should not have said it in public, it was a mistake. We are none of us perfect,” the coach who recently resigned said.
Del Bosque said that with 23 players it was just impossible to keep them all happy. On playing De Gea despite the alleged sex scandal, he said the issue didn’t concern them and that they could not judge him. There was a picture of the coach and Casillas hugging and laughing that made the rounds as both claimed all was fine again.