Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has confirmed today that he intends to leave the national side after he attempts to secure a third-successive European Championship for La Roja in 2016.
The Spain boss came under pressure to step down when the La Roja failed miserably in a World Cup in Brazil. But the RFEF and Spain players persuaded him to extend his stay until Euro 2016 and Del Bosque has confirmed today that he will step down after the conclusion of tournament in France.
Speaking to Spanish daily AS, Del Bosque said that: “In life you can not be certain of anything. But yes, that is my intention, to continue until France in 2016 and leave after. Also, in my case, the Federation will have to make a smooth transition, but I will stay close to football and to the Federation.”
Del Bosque was a subject of criticism after a dismal performance of Spain in Brazil but the coach said that it is part of a game and that he do not intend to fight with the critics. “I think the criticism from people has been fine and comprehensive. They have always given me and the team affection. Then there has been those who have been a bit more hostile, but I will not fight with them, I do not want to.”
The Spain coach chose to back under fire goal-keeper Iker Casillas. But Del Bosque also stressed that De Gea and Casilla are the future of Spanish national team. He said: “About Iker Casillas, transitions can be sweet or traumatic. In the case of the goalkeeper, he is a huge goalkeeper with a fantastic history and for a man with the respect of Casillas, we must combine the present with the future. It is normal for us to worry about the medium term and the other goalkeepers that come such as De Gea or Kiko Casilla. What we want is a normal transition, as there have been before. I remember the cases of Capdevila and Marcos Senna, Senna continued with us for another year while Busquets was integrated.”
The place of Casillas has come under scrutiny at Real Madrid as fans are asking for the inclusion of Kaylor Navas in the starting XI of Los Blancos. And the Spain coach also said that inclusion of Casillas would be difficult if he fails to secure a starting birth for Real Madrid. “Naturally, we would find it difficult to continue starting a player if he is not a regular for his team. We would find it the same if De Gea struggled with his team. In principle we are where we are, with two players both playing for their club teams and for the national team.”