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Casillas: Mourinho blow-up forced Real Madrid players to take sides

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas insists he could've made things difficult in his final days at Real Madrid.

Casillas left Real for Porto last summer.

"I had to decide whether I was going to stay and be the figure of ridicule that others enjoyed poking like a voodoo doll, or leave and be able to breathe again. I chose the second option to live more peacefully," he told XL Semanal.

"If I had looked out for myself more, it would have been a madhouse every day, particularly in the last year."

Asked about his feud with Jose Mourinho, he added: "It was uncomfortable because within the team there was two people whose relationship was deteriorating - it's something that happens all the time - it happens to a lot of couples. But that bad relationship made people take sides - it divided people. I only hope that, with time, those ghosts of the past will eventually disappear."

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