Casillas should be Madrid No.1 for remainder of the season, says Valdano

The former Madrid director has voiced his concerns with the Spain goalkeeper’s lack of gametime ahead of the Champions League final

Former Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano believes Iker Casillas should be los Blancos‘ No.1 for the remainder of the season in order to be ready for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

Casillas has solely been used in cup competitions by head coach Carlo Ancelotti this campaign, with Diego Lopez starting every Madrid fixture in La Liga.

However, Valdano, who left the Bernabeu in May 2011. believes the time has come to reinstate the 32-year-old as Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper.

“Casillas not playing until the final is a problem,” he told Cadena Ser.

“I would give him minutes. It’s a long time without playing.”

If Ancelotti persists with his current selection process, Casillas will not feature again until the showpiece in Lisbon on May 24 – some 25 days after Madrid’s semi-final victory over Bayern Munich.

The Spain international has made 21 appearances for Madrid so far this term, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.

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