José Mourinho, someone who played a pivotal role in Iker Casillas' final days at Real Madrid, told AS of his admiration for the goalkeeper on hearing of his retirement. And despite the problems between both men during their time together in Madrid, Mourinho says he is happy to say that now they enjoy a good friendship. "His intelligence and maturity meant that we always have respected each other and years later, even been able to become good friends," Mourinho told AS.
Casillas and Mourinho's friendship develops
Over the past few years, both Mou and Casillas have been able to put their differences behind them. Both have been able to say in public that their relationship has changed for the better. Casillas cited Mourinho's influence in Tottenham's spectacular comeback in their Champions League tie against Olympiacos in November.