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Del Bosque to stand by Casillas

Vicente Del Bosque says Iker Casillas will go to June's Confederations Cup with Spain, whether or not he regains his starting place at Real Madrid.

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Casillas has not played since breaking a finger in January, and although he has recently returned to full fitness, Blancos boss Jose Mourinho has kept faith with Diego Lopez amid much speculation of a 'feud' between Mourinho and the Madrid club captain.

Del Bosque, a former Madrid coach himself, would not comment on internal affairs at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but said that a fit Casillas would certainly travel with La Roja for the summer's tournament in Brazil.

"He will come because he is training, and he is part of our group," Del Bosque told El Confidencial. "I am not going to get into Madrid's internal matters, that is an issue for their coach. I do not speak about them. I am just saying he will come with us, there is no reason he would not."

The Spain squad which has won Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 was evolving gradually with young players being added, but senior players such as Casillas, 31, and Xavi Hernandez, 33, still had vital roles to play, Del Bosque said.

"Casillas and Xavi are not the past, but the present," he said. "We cannot leave them out before their time comes. There has not been a revolution, but a lot of players have changed. Half the squad was different from one European Championships to the other."


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