Vicente Del Bosque has revealed Casillas was the only player he did not inform of his decision to resign. Stating he fell out with the former Spain number 1.
Del Bosque announced his decision to resign as manager of La Roja today, after crashing out of the last-16 to Italy.
The two-time Euro winning manager revealed every player was aware of his decision. But he failed to inform Iker Casillas, who holds a grudge against him for preferring De Gea to him.
Del Bosque has claimed his relationship with Casillas, who he has known since the goalkeeper was nine, deteriorated after he dropped him in favour of making David de Gea his new number one.
“With his team-mates he has been fine, correct, but with the coaching staff it is so so,” Del Bosque told El Larguero.
“That is why the only player I did not send a message to has been Casillas.
“He feels bad with me, but also with [physical trainer] Javier Minano or [assistant coach] Toni Grande. With everyone else he has been fine. The anger has been with us.”
“For sure he is hurting or displeased with me and I understand that. He thinks we have done the wrong thing,” added Del Bosque, who said the decision to play De Gea in goals was a feeling his body had.
“But we have to be proud of a player who has 167 games with the national team. I don’t believe three or four games will hurt his resume.
“Casillas hasn’t disappointed me. I have a great appreciation for him. I have known him since he was nine years old.”