Xavi baffled by Del Bosque's jibe at Casillas

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The Barcelona legend admits he is surprised by the outgoing Spain manager's decision to question the veteran goalkeeper's professionalism following Spain's Euro 2016 exit

Former Spain international Xavi has voiced his surprise over Vicente del Bosque's recent comments about Iker Casillas' poor attitude during Euro 2016.

Del Bosque opted to drop Casillas for the finals in France in favour of using David de Gea as his first-choice goalkeeper.

The 65-year-old coach initially hailed Casillas' professionalism following his relegation to the substitutes' bench, only to then hit out at the Porto man's behaviour towards backroom staff in the aftermath of Spain's last-16 elimination at the hands of Italy.

Del Bosque also revealed he notified every member of his Euro 2016 squad about his decision to resign as Spain manager apart from Casillas.

And Xavi has since questioned Del Bosque's decision to publicly single out the former Real Madrid shot-stopper, but is confident the duo will sort their differences out.

"I was quite surprised by Del Bosque's comments about Casillas," Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi told Deportes Cuatro.

"I obviously wasn't there, so I don't know what prompted Vicente to make these comments. Still, I think they will resolve this.

"There was no bad atmosphere during the World Cup in Brazil, but I don't know what happened in France.

"I talked about it with Iker and I am convinced they will sort this out. But I am surprised that the coach went public."

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