The Spain international feels his team-mate's performances merited a spot as the club's first-choice goalkeeper, despite suggestions that he was keep in for political reasonsReal Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has admitted that he understands Jose Mourinho's decision not to drop Diego Lopez from the starting XI last season.
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Mourinho moved to sign Diego Lopez in light of the injury and Casillas had to settle for a spot on the bench for the remainder of the campaign, leading to a conflict between the Spain international and the now Chelsea manager.
"Diego Lopez was superb and he deserved to continue playing. He had a brilliant season," Casillas told Marca.
"He is a fantastic person and a great goalkeeper."
Casillas has made over 650 official appearances for Madrid since making his first team debut in 1999-2000.