Iker Casillas will not return in goal for Real Madrid’s league game against Rayo Vallecano, Carlo Ancelotti has said.
In various polls carried out by Marca and AS in recent days, the majority of Madrid fans want to see the World Cup winner back between the sticks at the Santiago Bernabeu rather than the incumbent Diego Lopez.
The current number one has put in some unconvincing displays of late, and has shipped six goals in his last two games. He has also been at fault for some of the goals Madrid have conceded in big games this season – notably the second in Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw with Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon last month.
But speaking to the press ahead of the game against their local rivals Rayo, Ancelotti said Lopez would continue to play in La Liga fixtures while Casillas will get his starts in the cup games – a policy first started by former boss Jose Mourinho last season.
Ancelotti stated: “It’s an issue we’ve spoken about before and the situation’s very clear. Diego López is doing well, like Iker when he’s played. Tomorrow Diego López will play and Casillas on Wednesday. It is a debate for outsiders, not one for us here.”