Iker Casillas has a future at Real Madrid, suggests Rafael Benitez

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas may not be first choice at Real Madrid for much longer but Rafael Benitez suggests he has a future at the Bernabeu.

Rafael Benitez was unveiled as the new Real Madrid manager earlier this month and has since been preparing for his first season in charge at of the Spanish giants.

The former Liverpool, Valencia, Inter Milan and Napoli boss has revealed he's spoken to Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas about the goalkeeper's future and suggested the Spain number one could remain at the club.

Benitez was asked about transfer activity this summer and admitted they will delve into the market in terms of incomings and outgoings.

It is no secret at this stage that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is on Real Madrid's to-get list but Benitez suggests Casillas has a future at the club.

"My technical team and I have been following and been in contact with the players," Benitez told the official Real Madrid website.

"I have to say that first of all, the predisposition to work that all of them, Sergio, Iker, Cristiano, Bale, Pepe, Varane... have shown me has been excellent."

"The first thing I've done is to listen, to know what went well and what went badly last year, to see what they thought could be improved and how they would like things to be done.

"Once we are all together, we will decide what is the best for the club and what is the best for each of them.

"With regards to who will play and where, we have to be together, train together and then decide.

"Iker, Sergio, Cristiano, Isco, Bale, unlike what is being said, none of them demands to play here or there, above all, because we have not decided the best system to make the most of the potential of each player.

"They have to be happy on the pitch to give us the best of themselves. We know what we want and we know how to adapt to certain situations."

De Gea has just one-year remaining on his contract at Manchester United and the 24-year-old has appeared reluctant to signing an extension. If he wanted to stay at Old Trafford, you'd argue a renewal would be agreed by now.

An HITC exclusive on Monday explained how United are adamant towards getting a Real Madrid player in exchange if a deal for de Gea is to be agreed.

There is no reason whatsoever that the Old Trafford outlet should allow their number one leave on the cheap because his contract is quickly winding down. Money is not an issue for the Premier League and it's unlikely they will find a better goalkeeper.

Despite endless criticism for regular slip ups between the sticks for Real Madrid, Casillas has kept the first choice spot for the Spain international side. If a deal can be agreed de Gea will hope that won't be the case at club level.

Does Iker Casillas stand a chance against David de Gea?

Of course, if you consider how he's held the number one spot for Spain with David de Gea on the bench. Iker Casillas may make mistakes more often than he did in his prime but he is still a world renowned goalkeeper.

De Gea's heroics the last two seasons proves he's worthy of getting into any team in the world. He will be around longer than his fellow countryman, so for a number of reasons it's a no brainer for Real Madrid.

Casillas stands a chance but should not be played ahead of de Gea.

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