Iker Casillas was once considered a simply indispensable asset of Real Madrid’s. In regards of the fans feelings toward the goalkeeping legend, he will always be a Madridista - and selling him would be sacrilege.
But in the past two seasons Casillas, the national team captain and legendary Real stopper, has been struggling to remain the number one at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He broke his hand, which saw Diego Lopez come in and perform brilliantly, and Casillas has simply not managed to regain his place as the club’s number one.
With this in mind, a goalkeeper of Casillas’ class was always going to have potential suitors.
The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and AC Milan have all been rumoured to have an interest in the player - and in the more ridiculous of transfer rumours, even Barcelona were linked with signing the custodian as a replacement for their outgoing stalwart Victor Valdes.
But could Casillas really turn his back on a team he has been with since the age of nine, that he has played over 650 games for, that he has been number one goalkeeper for since the age of 17 - 15 years ago.
the answer, according to multiple reports in the Spanish press, is no.
In a bizarre story, it is reported that Casillas was overheard talking to Reina about the future during the warm-up before the Belarus qualifier on Friday night.
Reina himself is unsure of where he will be playing next season, and according to reports, this was the conversation between the pair:
Reina: “I guess it's not so bad. How many games could you play? 10, 12? But at the end of the day, it's a pretty shitty season. So, so, because you're going to play 10 or 12 games at most."
Casillas: “Yes, but leave now? I don't think so, mate. At least I get to play the Copa del Rey.."
It is an odd story, and how the conversation was overheard remains something of a mystery, but it appears the microphones of TV station Cuatro picked up the conversation, which has now been transcribed.
So it seems Casillas will be going nowhere - if these interesting reports prove correct.
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