Monday, September 16, 2019

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper believes the youngster can light up the league and thinks James could excel this year

Iker Casillas has weighed in on several players starring, as he once did, in La Liga as he tipped Joao Felix to shine in the Spanish league.

He thinks Atletico Madrid’s Felix has the potential to be a star in Spain and tips James Rodriguez to do well at Santiago Bernebeu.

“[Felix] is a player with a big future. Got talent. Of course, they will demand the maximum,” he said on Twitter.

“The responsibility comes with the price they paid for him. He knows he has reached a club that wants titles, additionally, people may see him as a replacement for [Antoine] Griezmann.

He added: “James gives you many things in a match. He has a spectacular left foot. Free kicks, corners…he’s a danger. If you give him time, he’ll put the ball in the place you want.”

Casillas played in goal for Spain during two European Championship and one World Cup-winning campaigns. He and several of his contemporaries from those teams are at or near the end of their careers.

He was asked if he would follow Xavi Hernandez into coaching, and although he didn’t say he would, he tipped Xavi and others to be successes in the dugout.

“Xavi, like other teammates of mine in football, has the potential to coach,” he answered.

“I am convinced that he and Raúl, Víctor Valdes, Xabi Alonso, etc. will be great protagonists of the benches in the coming years.”


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