Iker Casillas had words of praise for his former Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa after the full-back said goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, although the Spanish goalkeeper made it clear he would have liked a similar send off.
"Every Real Madrid player deserves this kind of send off, with their team-mates, with the fans,” Casillas, who left the club last summer, said in a video uploaded on social media.
Casillas’ exit caused controversy in Madrid from the first moment, July 12, when he appeared in a press conference on his own, teary-eyed, to say goodbye to the fans without any type of homage from the club.
As the criticism poured in, though, the club reacted and the next day organised an event which was attended by the president and his board, while there was also a photo call with Casillas and the 19 trophies he won during his 16 seasons with the first team.
Despite that, Florentino Perez was still questioned for the way the club said goodbye to a legend like Casillas.
The goalkeeper, meanwhile, insisted that he wanted to “give thanks” to Arbeloa “for everything he has done for the club.”
He added: “Alvaro was a product of the youth academy who had to go elsewhere to prove he had quality to return and play for Real Madrid.
“I’m grateful for everything Arbeloa has given to Madrid and I wish him all the best ahead of this new chapter in his life."