Iker Casillas should finish career at Real Madrid, says father

Iker Casillas has been urged to stay at Real Madrid until he retires, despite the club's reported desire to sign David de Gea this summer.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been tipped to leave the club this summer as they reportedly prepare to move for Manchester United's David de Gea

Iker Casillas' father believes his son should stay at Real Madrid until he retires, despite the club's apparent interest in replacing their long-term first choice 'keeper.

The 34-year-old has has spent his entire career at the Bernabeu but his future is under threat after another campaign blighted by high-profile mistakes.

As a result, Madrid seem to be pursuing a move for De Gea, which would mean the club captain would likely be relegated to second choice between the posts, but his father has urged him to stay regardless of that likelihood.

"He should not leave. Hopefully he can finish his career at the club that he joined 25 years ago," Casillas' father Jose Luis told El Pais.

Casillas also faces competition from Keylor Navas, who joined Madrid from Levante last summer after a terrific World Cup with Costa Rica but only made 12 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15.

Sitting on the bench at Real Madrid won't do Casillas' international career any favours, so a move may be the best option. Like Petr Cech, who is in a similar situation at Chelsea, the Spaniard is too good a goalkeeper not to be playing regularly.

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