Vicente Del Bosque Reveals The Only Spain Player He Didn't Write A Thank You Letter To
Vicente Del Bosque last night called time on his historic eight year spell in charge of the Spanish national team and, despite delivering the country their first World Cup and another European Championship in that time, the former Real Madrid manager has revealed he left on bad terms with one of his most important players.
Following a disastrous 2014 World Cup, 'La Roja' were eliminated from the European Championships this week after being comprehensively outclassed by Italy in the round of 16. That 2-0 reverse to Antonio Conte's men was enough for Del Bosque to realise his time was up and, after resigning, the 65-year-old thanked every one of his players, except one.
Iker Casillas was that one player.
Del Bosque's former captain had been vital in Spain's 2010 and 2012 triumphs, as well as their Euro 2008 success under the late Luis Aragones. His stock dropped dramatically following a series of error laden performances that saw him dropped from the Real Madrid starting XI, before moving to Porto and then losing his number one spot in the national team to David De Gea.
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Casillas did not take kindly to losing his spot to the Manchester United man and his captaincy to Sergio Ramos, as Del Bosque explained to Marca:
"With his teammates, he was OK, but with the coaching staff, his behaviour wasn't good. His anger (at losing his place) was directed at us.
"That's why he's the only player I didn't write to."
(H/T 101 Great Goals)
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