Jose Mourinho lauds Iker Casillas despite their 'problems' at Real Madrid
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Jose Mourinho lauds Iker Casillas despite their 'problems' at Real Madrid

Portuguese Jose Mourinho has hailed Iker Casillas as one of the best goalkeepers in the world while paying tribute to the Spaniard.

Casillas announced his retirement from football on Tuesday and while tributes poured in, all eyes were on Mourinho who had a turbulent relationship with the player during their time at Real Madrid.

Casillas was the first choice for Mourinho in the 20010-11 and 2011-12 when they won the Copa del Rey and then LaLiga with a record 100 points but dropped him in the 2012-13 campaign something that divided opinions in the club’s fan base.

The Madrid legend was initially dropped for Antonio Adan and, after suffering an injury, was later replaced by January signing Diego Lopez.

But speaking to AS, the Spurs manager said: "His intelligence and maturity meant that we have always respected each other and years later, we have even been able to cultivate an honest friendship.

"Iker is one of the greatest goalkeepers in Real Madrid's history, in Spain's history and world football history. With him, we won the league which broke all records and we also had some difficult moments because of a decision which I took – a professional decision, not a personal one, to play someone else in goal."

The decision to drop Casillas ultimately precipitated in the player’s exit in 2015 where he moved to join Porto.

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