BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid's decision to keep Iker Casillas on the bench will not affect the goalkeeper's status on the national team, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said Wednesday.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti chose Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas for the team's opening Spanish league match on Sunday. Before Ancelotti, former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had made similar decisions regarding Casillas.
"I don't think there will be big changes," Del Bosque told Cope radio. "We are happy with all three goalkeepers. It's not a big deal if they are one, two, three or even 10 games without playing."
Del Bosque, who played for and coached Madrid, said he would not give his opinion on a matter related to his former club.
"I shouldn't talk about the situation of the club. It's a very personal, very particular situation," Del Bosque said. "We have to evaluate it in each moment. Iker is a singular and special name in the world of Spanish football."
Del Bosque said that he would wait to see which goalkeeper Ancelotti chose for Madrid's next game at Granada on Monday.
Four days later, Del Bosque will announce his squad for Spain's World Cup qualifier against Finland on Sept. 6. Spain leads its qualifying group with 11 points, one more than France.
As team captain, Casillas has helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the last two European Championships. Del Bosque picked Casillas as Spain's starter at the Confederations Cup after Mourinho had reduced him to a back-up for Madrid.
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