December 5th, 2013
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has stated that he feels Iker Casillas will definitely leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after growing disillusioned of life at the Santiago Bernebeu. The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the icons at the club, but he has largely been used as a substitute for the last 12 months by two different managers. Mourinho was the first to drop him from the first team, but Carlo Ancelotti has stuck with the decision of the Portuguese. Diego Lopez has been the first choice for the club during this period.
Casillas has been one of the most successful players in the world after having lifted every major title with club and country including the World Cup. He has also lifted the Champions league title with Real Madrid. Despite such status, he has been constantly overlooked for the first-team spot. Casillas will have no shortage of interest from clubs elsewhere. Manchester City and Paris St Germain are thought to be monitoring the situation, while Arsenal also remain in the hunt for a top-class goalkeeper like Casillas.
“Manchester City definitely want Iker Casillas for next season. He’s known about it for a while, but they are not the only team that are after Iker Casillas. It will be up to him what he does next, obviously. But if he continues to not play, and he won’t unless Diego Lopez gets injured, then he wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season,” said Balague.
Casillas has played in the European matches for Real Madrid, but those appearances have not helped towards reducing the rumours about his future.
Balague says that Casillas will see until January if his position will improve or not and then he will make a decision to leave the club in the summer.
October 24th, 2013
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Manchester city goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has suffered from declining performances in the last three seasons. This season he has been very poor so far, which has prompted speculation that the club may look to bring in a new top-class goalkeeper. Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas has been mentioned as a possible summer signing for the club. The Spaniard is regarded as one of the legends at Real Madrid, but he is finding it difficult to get game time due to the form of Diego Lopez.
He fell out with former manager José Mourinho and he has found it difficult to regain his place ever since. He has been linked with clubs like Arsenal in the last few months, but the arrival of Manchester city could significantly alter the perspective. City will not only be able to offer the enormous transfer fee, but the wages of the goalkeeper will also not be a problem. Defender Pablo Zabaleta, though, thinks that Manchester city should stick with Joe Hart itself because he is confident that the England number one will regain his form sooner rather than later.
Hart has also been backed by his teammates Micah Richards and Samir Nasri. The England number one has made some high-profile mistakes this season.
“At Manchester City we do not need Casillas. He’s been linked with other clubs. I hope he stays in Madrid,” said the Argentine defender. “He will bounce back because he is a strong character. He knows he could have done better. We all make mistakes,” said his international and club teammate, Micah Richards. “I think that when you are a top player like Joe, you don’t have problems with confidence. Everyone is behind him at the club,” said playmaker Samir Nasri.
July 10th, 2013
Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that the 2014 World Cup will probably bring an end to the era for Spain since several top players like Xavi and Puyol are expected to step down from the game – at least on an international level. Spain have been one of the best teams in the world over the last five years, while they have also dominated world football in an unprecedented way. They have been able to win two European championships and one FIFA World Cup during this period. Casillas has been one of the finest goalkeepers of his era.
He has been lucky to lift all the major titles with his club, while the last five years have also seen him be extremely successful at international level as well. The team is competing to win the Confederations cup along with favourites like Brazil and Italy. The 32-year-old Casillas is unlikely to be part of the squad at the next World Cup. Hence, he sees the 2014 World Cup as the end of an era for the national team. He has said that most of the names like Xavi, Puyol, Iniesta, Torres, and Villa will not be at the 2018 World Cup.
After having a battle with Mourinho throughout the season, Casillas finally has silverware in his sights.
“After Brazil many of us will probably call it a day and make way for the younger players. I will play as long as my head allows me to. It’s more a psychological question. At the moment my objective is to see out my contract with Real Madrid,” said Casillas. “He (Casillas) is fit and I see him as being in the form that he’s always shown,” said Spain manager Vicente del Bosque hinting that Casillas will be ahead of Victor Valdes in the pecking order.