Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has congratulated his club’s arch-rivals Barcelona after they secured their 21st La Liga title.
“I congratulate Barcelona, they have played a very good, very serious championship,” said the Spain goalkeeper.
“I congratulate them, on behalf of myself and Real Madrid, as they showed themselves to be very respectful when we won the Copa del Rey (by beating Barcelona 1-0) a few days ago.”
Casillas also sought to diffuse the tension that had built up between the two teams during the four hard-fought matches they contested with each other in recent weeks.
“After 20 days of such confrontations with Barcelona it’s normal that there was tension, but we have to forget that and turn the page,” said the 29-year-old, who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa alongside several Barça players last year.
The Real goalkeeper added that he would be supporting “football” when Barcelona meet Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May.
The Catalan giants sealed victory in this season’s Spanish title race by drawing 1-1 at Levante yesterday evening.
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