CASILLAS WANTS TO STAY AT MADRID

Monday, October 21, 2013

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he wants to say at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career, despite the reported interest of Manchester City, and is ready to fight for his place in the Real team and the Spanish team ahead of the World Cup next year.



The 32-year-old was a stalwart in the Los Blancos team for over a decade before falling out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho. The reported fall out between the goalkeeper and the ‘Special One’ resulted in him flittering between the bench and the starting XI before being sidelined for two months with a hand injury.
Casillas’s injury resulted in Real signing Diego Lopez and the January arrival from Sevilla has been first choice ever since. The World Cup winner has done everything to try and reclaim his place in the team, even reportedly participating in Mourinho’s departure from the Spanish capital. However, a change in management has done little to aid Casillas’s cause and he continues to warm the bench.
In the wake of his struggles the transfer betting news was full of Manchester City being strongly linked with a move for Casillas, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini keen to find someone capable of challenging Joe Hart. Despite failing to land him in the summer, speculation linking the English club with the shot stopper hasn’t totally gone away and there is talk they could renew their interest in the new year.
A transfer deal for Casillas is always going to be difficult to pull off given he has been at the Bernabeu for his entire career, and the keeper has now revealed he would rather stay put than move on.
“Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid,” he said. “I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.”
Having been replaced by Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes in the Spain line-up for the recent World Cup qualifiers, Casillas might not have a choice about where he plies his trade if he wants to carry on being national team coach Vincente Del Bosque’s first choice.
A move away from Real is hard to imagine but it might be a case of needs must for one of the great goalkeepers of modern times.
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