Real Madrid are looking to offload goalkeeper Iker Casillas at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old club legend is still Madrid’s No.1 this term but his presence at the club is regarded as being divisive and the European champions are looking at this summer as an opportunity to start afresh, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
Casillas is one of Madrid’s most decorated players ever but the last couple of years in the Madrid shirt have somewhat tainted his legend, so much so that Blancos fans have even whistled their No.1 during matches.
The Spain international was dropped by former boss Jose Mourinho and some accused him of being a ‘mole’ inside the Madrid camp.
Errors in his performances, notably in last season’s Champions League final, which Madrid eventually won to save the goalkeeper’s blushes, and for Spain in last summer’s World Cup, called his Madrid future into question.
Carlo Ancelotti restored the Mostoles-born ‘keeper back as No.1 for this season, however, after he played second fiddle in La Liga to Diego Lopez last term. Lopez moved on to Milan last summer and Casillas was restored as a regular starter, despite the arrival of Keylor Navas from Levante.
Now David de Gea is firmly on Madrid’s radar and president Florentino Perez is expected to look to the Manchester United man as Casillas’s eventual replacement. A move could be made for the former Atletico Madrid stopper this season.
Casillas progressed all the way through the Madrid youth ranks and has won the Champions League three times, La Liga on five occasions and the Copa del Rey twice. He has also won the World Cup with Spain and two European Championships.
His future could be elsewhere next season, however, with moves to the United States and Asia possibilities for a player who does not want to stay in Spain and risk playing against his boyhood club.