Casillas: Muller reminds me of Raul

The Spain international has revealed his admiration for the Germany forward ahead of their friendly meeting on Tuesday, likening him to the Blancos icon

Iker Casillas says he enjoys watching Thomas Muller, admitting he sees similarities between the Germany international and Real Madrid legend Raul.

The 33-year-old came under criticism for his displays with La Roja during their dismal World Cup defence in June, but has retained a place in Vicente Del Bosque’s squad and started in the 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win against Belarus on Saturday.

Ahead of Spain’s meeting with Die Mannschaft on Tuesday evening, Casillas likened Muller to his former team-mate, Raul, who scored 323 goals and won 16 titles at the Madrid side.

“I like Thomas Muller a lot. He reminds me of Raul,” Casillas told reporters. “He is a player with that something different.”

Spain defeated Germany en route to lifting the World Cup trophy back in 2010, and Casillas is excited by the prospect of the two side’s going up against one another once more.

“It will be nice to play against Germany. We are always well-supported by the fans and I’m sure it will be the same here.

“On Tuesday, the two last world champions will square off against each other. There couldn’t be a better game.

“It will be amazing. The fans in Vigo are very vocal for Celta and they’ll do the same for Spain.”

The goalkeeper also spoke of the future for La Roja, indicating that he believes the squad can return to their World Cup and European Championship winning heights, with himself playing a role for as long as possible.

“[Trophy-winning] times will come again. Nobody wants to win more than we do.

“I’ll carry on playing here for as long as the coach wants me to and as long as I can keep going.”

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