Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba says Iker Casillas was disrespected during his Real Madrid exit and has vowed that the Catalans would have given the goalkeeper a proper send-off, Spanish paper AS report.
The Spanish international shot stopper ended his 25-year affiliation with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit this summer, trading the Spanish capital for Portuguese giants Porto.
His departure follows Barcelona legend Xavi after he left the Nou Camp for Qatar. Xavi was given a royal send-off, the midfielder being paraded with the club’s treble-winning trophies amid big celebrations.
Casillas, however, was all-but flung out the back door as he wasn’t given the opportunity to say his farewells to the Real Madrid supporters - no interviews, no special honours.
For such an iconic figure and loyal servant of the club, his exit has sparked plenty of criticism from La Liga observers and Barcelona star Jordi Alba insists things would have been much different at the Nou Camp.
"Everyone respects him. I don’t want to get involved with things about a team that isn’t mine, but Iker has done enough to deserve the respect of absolutely everyone," Alba explained.
"At Barcelona things would’ve been done differently. Iker is respected by every player and every club. You’d have to ask them why they did it like that, but that's not my business."
Real Madrid hero:
Casillas, 34, made his La Liga debut with Real Madrid in 1999 and went on to represent the club 510 times in the league, a club record.
During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has helped the club win five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, two Copa Del Reys and four Spanish Super Cups.