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'Casillas has shut a lot of mouths'

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez says that under-fire Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas "shut a lot of mouths" with a stellar showing in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Vallecas.

Casillas' form for both club and country has been the subject of much debate over the past year, with the goalkeeper having been particularly heavily criticised for his performances with Spain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It is also believed that Madrid would like to replace their long-serving skipper with Manchester United No.1 David de Gea this summer, but Jemez believes that Casillas' enduring class simply cannot be questioned.

"Iker has shut a lot of mouths," he told El Partido de las 12 after watching his side lose their derby clash with Los Blancos. 

"Real hadn't been shot at so many times in a long while and he was the man that stopped us scoring. 

"He is still one of the greatest goalkeepers there is and today he has vindicated himself as one of the best.

"Once again, he has shown us just what he is made of."

Jemez also admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was unlucky to have been booked for an alleged second-half dive when the Portuguese had clearly been taken out in the area by Antonio Amaya.

"It all happened very fast and you can hardly see anything, but I reckon there was some contact there," the Rayo boss conceded.

Ronaldo subsequently opened the scoring with a header before James Rodriguez sealed a victory that enabled Real to draw back to within four points of Liga leaders Barcelona.