Spanish club, Real Madrid have sacked their youth coach Alvaro Benito for making negative comments about their first team on a radio programme.

During Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, Benito singled out midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro for criticism on radio station Cadena Ser and blamed them for the shameful defeat.

‘The problem is there are players that are playing very far from their level,’ he said.

I’m talking about Casemiro who at the moment is not good enough to play even a minute for Real Madrid. Kroos is fantastic when the wind is in his favour, when it goes against him he abandons ship.’

Cadena Ser later confirmed Benito had been sacked for his broadcast comments.

‘Tonight Real Madrid told our colleague Alvaro Benito that he has been sacked as coach of the Juvenil B (under-18) team. The reason is they disagreed with some of the comments he has made on Cadena Ser,’ presenter Dani Garrido said in a broadcast on Thursday.

In a statement released on Twitter on Friday, Benito said: ‘I respect the decision of the club, which I have always defended when appearing in the media. I always felt able to speak freely about the club I love.

‘I leave with no resentment and will always be grateful to the club for everything it gave me as a player and in my first steps as a coach.’