Was Iker Casillas Dropped For Being A Peacemaker?

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Explosive comments by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Iker Casillas was dropped by Jose Mourinho last season because he attempted to ease tensions between the Spain internationals that play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

As games between Real and Barcelona intensified in bitterness, there were concerns in Spain that the relationship between Real's Spain internationals, including Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso would be frayed beyond repair with Barca stars such as Xavi, Iniesta, David Villa and Carles Puyol.

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