Arbeloa: Casillas has shown what a professional he is

The Real Madrid skipper was left out of the last game before the winter hiatus, but his team-mate has praised his reaction to Jose Mourinho's decision
Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has stated that Iker Casillas has responded well to being dropped for his side's 3-2 loss to Malaga before the winter break.

Coach Jose Mourinho elected to field rookie keeper Antonio Adan for the trip to La Rosaleda in December, but the former Liverpool man says that time on the bench is inevitable at some point.

"Casillas has had exemplary behaviour," he told reporters.

"He supports Adan in training more than ever, showing what a great professional he is. We've all been through some time on the bench. This has been given too much importance.

"In the dressing room, we are not talking about Iker being dropped, because each week we should speak about the next starting XI."

Los Blancos resume Liga action after the winter break by hosting Real Sociedad on Sunday.