Iker Casillas Dropped For Bizarre Reasons
According to the local Portuguese media, Iker Casillas has been benched due to his inappropriate behaviour when in the Porto camp with the squad.
Reportedly, the former Spanish captain has been benched by manager Sergio Conceiçao for a pair of reasons- constant usage of mobile phone uses and his spiritless attitude.
Casillas was a substitute for his side’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night, and once again remained on the bench in his side’s 6-1 victory against Paços de Ferreira.
As outlined by the Portuguese newspaper ‘O Jogo’, ‘Mobile phones are not prohibited in the team camp. However, there are particular times allocated for their use. Iker’s “constant” use of his own mobile device is one of the reasons given for him losing his place.’
‘The manager, Sergio Conceiçao, likes the team to be tight and does not appreciate that internal situations are spread across social networks. It is known that Casillas has made use of his mobile phone, even when the team was in camp, to the point that he has been warned by the goalkeeping coach.’
However, the indiscretions of the former Real Madrid keeper have not been solely confined to use of mobile phone, his poor attitude in training being another reason cited for his demotion.
‘The Spanish goalkeeper is accused of putting in less effort than the rest of the group than others for some time, something that has not pleased Conceição, who demands maximum intensity from the squad,’ O Jogo stated.
The former La Roja international, who moved to Estádio do Dragão in 2015, has kept 7 clean sheets from 10 appearances in this season.