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Casillas desperate to play, says Del Bosque

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Vicente del Bosque has claimed Iker Casillas is "desperate" to feature in Spain's FIFA confederations Cup campaign after a frustrating season.
The Real Madrid shot-stopper found himself marginalised by Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu last term, with Diego Lopez signed from Sevilla in January and then preferred over the Spain skipper after he recovered from a broken hand.

The 32-year-old has not played a competitive fixture since January 20 and is itching to get back on the field after watching Victor Valdes impress between the sticks in Spain's FIFA World Cup qualifying clash with France in March.

"Casillas is desperate to play, we have seen him as he always is," Del Bosque said. "We haven't seen any deterioration in his physical condition. Apparently he feels fine."

Cesc Fabregas echoed his coach's words, and pinpointed Casillas' mentality as the crucial factor in him remaining a key part of Spain's plans

He said: "I can see that he's very well, as ever, the most important thing is his attitude and that's always very positive. 

"I've known him for seven years and he's a great captain. In bad moments, he always is (positive)."

The Barcelona midfielder also insisted Spain will go all out to win the tournament in Brazil, as they are look to add the Confederations Cup to their World Cup and European Championship crowns.

"We will treat the competition as a World Cup or a European Championship," he added.

"That feeling that you can finish your career after taking the European Championship, the World Cup and the Confederations is very important for us and for the fans even more."
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