Maria retracts: Porto not “second division team”

Maria Carmen Fernandez was initially unhappy with the 34-year-old’s move from Real Madrid, boldly stating: “a world champion can’t end up at Porto”

The mother of Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has apologised for likening Porto to “a second division team”.

Maria Carmen Fernandez was critical of the Portuguese outfit in the wake of her son agreeing to join them from Real Madrid.

She also slammed Los Blancos for their treatment of him, and said she would’ve been happy to see the 34-year-old join fierce Spanish rivals Barcelona.

“Porto is a second division team and my son deserves a greater one than that, such as Barcelona,” claimed Fernandez last week.

“A world champion can’t end up at Porto. He could have gone wherever he wanted and I wouldn’t have minded if it were Barcelona because they are perfect gentlemen.”

However, she has now retracted that statement and thanked Porto for signing her son.

“I could have been wrong,” she is quoted as saying by Marca.

“I want to thank Porto for signing my son. I hope they can work together to contribute to the club’s success. I want to apologise 1,000 times. I hope my son can succeed as he did at Madrid.

“Iker was eight years old when he had his trials. He always gave everything to the club. He has always been respectful.

“I think the fans have been great with my son. I’ve lived out the matches on the pitch and I beemed as they cheered my son.”

Casillas’ former club are now expected to step up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.