Real Madrid defender Pepe says Iker Casillas is being poorly treated.
Casillas was again frozen out for victory over Real Valladolid.
Pepe said: â€œIker is a really important player for us. We have a Copa del Rey final coming up, we want to give the title to our fans and I think that every player is important right now. We donâ€™t have to look down on anyone, least of all Iker, whoâ€™s an icon here in Madrid. We have to respect him for everything heâ€™s done.
"Heâ€™s a player thatâ€™s given us a lot and weâ€™re not going to let him to be the bad guy in all this. Heâ€™s important for the club, for us and for the fans as well. We all have to give our love to Iker because he needs it and because heâ€™s a key player in this club. Heâ€™s a symbol of Madrid for the players that are coming up."