Ramon Calderon: I don't know if De Gea will come, but I hope Casillas will remain

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The former Real Madrid president backed current goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, believing he has much more to offer, doubting David De Gea would be better.

Appearing on TalkSport's Alan Brazil Breakfast show on Wednesday morning, former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon, was principally asked for his thoughts about the European derby the previous night.

However, beyond that, Calderon was questioned if he thinks a Real Madrid move for Manchester United 'keeper, David De Gea, is likely this summer. The 63-year-old responded with a strong defence of current number one, Iker Casillas, explaining:

"I think it's unfair what is happening with Casillas. He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He's been like that for the last ten years. He's got everything, all the titles anyone could want in football."

Over the last three or four years, the performances of Casillas have been deeply scrutinised in the Spanish press, along with being forced to share the number one berth at Real Madrid, first with Diego Lopez, then Keylor Navas, under both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as managers.

Calderon believes the criticisms towards Casillas, that has subsequently linked the Spain captain with a departure, are simply a part of how Spaniards treat their leading stars, always questioning their performances. He noted:

"We are sometimes like that in Spain (with leading players). Instead of having them as idols or icons, like in England, we are here questioning them every day. I don't know why, it's just something we do, but we don't do in the right way."

Having presided over Real Madrid between 2006 and 2009, prior to current president Florentino Perez, continuing to offer his support for Casillas, Calderon underlined:

"I hope that he will stay. I think he has two or three very good years yet. At around 35 is the best age for a goalkeeper to play, and I hope he will be here."

For that reason and when it comes to rumours of Real Madrid interest in the Manchester United 'keeper, Calderon insisted: "I don't know if De Gea will come, but I hope Casillas will remain."

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