Spain legend Michel believes Casillas is about to play his last Real Madrid game

Iker Casillas

The former midfield icon and Spain international, doesn't feel his good friend will playing for Los Blancos next season.

Amidst all the current speculation surrounding the future of Spanish goalkeeping star Iker Casillas at Real Madrid, perhaps the most telling words have come from one of his good friends.

Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders around, during the 1980's and early 1990's, Michel was a Real Madrid icon and an exceptional player for the Spanish national team.

Given the close friendship he has with Casillas, speaking on Cadena SER radio, Michel was asked if he thinks the Real Madrid 'keeper will be packing his bags this summer.

Michel responded with some reluctance: "I'm not entirely sure, but I think it could be the final game for Casillas at Real Madrid." - When Real Madrid play their last game of the season in La Liga, at the Bernabeu against Getafe.

Keylor Navas played for Real Madrid against Espanyol last weekend, but offering his insight, Michel feels that for the remaining games of the season, Carlo Ancelotti offered the Costa Rican and Casillas, the options to decide who plays which games.

Feeling that the choice of Casillas could be a very telling one, when it comes to his Real Madrid future, Michel explained: "Ancelotti gave him the choice, and if he's chosen to play the last game of the season at the Bernabeu, it's for a reason."

If the sensations of Michel are correct, and Iker Casillas is about to play his final game for Real Madrid, it would indicate that they are but a step away from clinching a deal to sign Manchester United 'keeper, David de Gea.

In the event that Casillas does choose to stay with Real Madrid, whether the Manchester United man joins or not, Michel noted: "I'm convinced by the ability of De Gea as a goalkeeper, but as a substitute? We'll have to see..."

Michel also added: "As a goalkeeper, you have to highlight how well De Gea can play with the ball at his feet, along with the leadership qualities he's learned, playing in England."

Whilst there seems to be the ready-made replacement for De Gea at the Red Devils, in the shape of the vastly experienced fellow Spaniard, Victor Valdes, there was the conclusion from Michel: "If he decides to leave United, it will leave a hole that will be very difficult for them to fill."

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