Real Madrid to pay a more celebratory homage to departing Iker Casillas

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Real Madrid are expected to offer Iker Casillas a more befitting farewell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

On Sunday, iconic goalkeeper Iker Casillas held a brief press conference, on his own and amidst tears, reading a pre-written statement regarding his departure, emotionally bidding farewell to Real Madrid ahead of his departure to FC Porto.

Following his statement, Casillas answered no questions from the gathered journalists in the press room, simply exiting stage left. A somewhat low-key departure for a player who has represented so much for his club.

Later, whilst there were messages of support from current and former colleagues, international team-mates and even rivals players he's faced over the years, there was also a huge outpouring of criticism aimed towards Real Madrid.

Allowing such an important figure to leave the club in such a way, didn't sit at all well with fans, or the media in Spain and even around the world, surprised at how Casillas had been treated.

French outlet L'Equipe even labelled club president Florentino Perez as being "ungrateful" towards Casillas, whilst also suggesting Real Madrid have demonstrated "little class" in how they've dealt with the departure of such an important servant of the club.

However, it seems the criticism may have hit home in the corridors of power at Real Madrid, with a more befitting farewell offered to Casillas, according to Spanish outlet AS.

Without any specific details being offered, AS state that at 13:00 local time in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid will host a farewell ceremony for Iker Casillas, which will also be attended by Florentino Perez.

This is with the intention of giving Casillas the farewell he deserves, after so many years of service to his club, and after so many trophies he's helped the Real Madrid team to win.

It is also reported that on Tuesday, the 34-year-old will be officially presented before the media at FC Porto, who are pulling out all the stops to make their stellar new signing feel most welcome.

Indeed, the Spain captain will be presented at Estadio Do Drago with plenty of fanfare and celebration, which is apparently something the Portuguese club haven't done before with newly acquired players.

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