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Mourinho's approach impresses Casillas

Inspirational... Iker Casillas.

Inspirational... Iker Casillas.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he is impressed by the approach of new coach Jose Mourinho ahead of the Primera Liga campaign.

Spain captain Casillas lifted the World Cup yesterday week in South Africa, but his thoughts are already beginning to turn to the new domestic season.

Real Madrid's World Cup stars were originally due back at the club for pre-season training on August 9, but Mourinho has decided he wants his players to return a week earlier.

"That's fine," the goalkeeper said in an interview with AS.

"I have spoken to him a couple of times and I like his way of thinking. He wants the players to come back rested and ready to work. Being world champions makes you forget about everything."

Casillas anticipates an intriguing battle with fierce rivals Barcelona next season, but believes Spain's World Cup triumph may have brought the supporters of the two clubs closer together.

"I think we have made the fans (of both clubs) be more reflective," he said.

"There are Madrid fans that appreciate (Barcelona midfielder) Xavi, for example, or Catalans who like the dedication of (Real full-back Sergio) Ramos."

In the meantime, however, the Spain captain says he wants to keep on savouring his side's World Cup success.

"In South Africa it was a strange sensation. We were so far away and we didn't know what the atmosphere was like in Spain. We were desperate to get back and celebrate it here and what we have experienced has been unforgettable," he said.

And Casillas says he is happy to see the triumph being celebrated by the whole country, despite the fact that some regions want independence from Spain.

"That was the best thing of all," he said.

"We have given a lot of joy to the people. We don't get involved with politics. I respect the ideologies of everyone, but we have to be centred on our sport."

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