Iker Casillas has been a loyal servant to Real Madrid over the years. He started his career in Real Madrid’s youth system, La Fábrica, and by the age of 16 he was playing for the first team. In the year 2000 he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final at just 19 years of age. 14 years later and the boy from Madrid has become one of the greatest players Spain have ever produced, he has lifted the World Cup for his country, he has won everything the game has to offer and yet he still lives, breaths and sleeps Los Blancos.
After a difficult couple of seasons at the Bernabeu, which saw him dropped to the bench and heavily criticised in the Spanish media; Casillas has once again cemented himself as the undisputed Real Madrid number one. But if media reports are to be believed Madrid are hoping to line up Manchester United’s David De Gea as his replacement, calling time on his career at just 33.
Reported exclusively in Marca, the Spaniard discusses his current contract and where the future might take him.
“I have a contract with Real Madrid. I definitely won’t be going anywhere in the next three months. We’ll see what happens in the future, but I’m not immortal and my body isn’t perfect. We need to be realistic and understand that I’m not going to keep going forever. I’m happy with Real Madrid and we’ll see what the future holds.
“The Christmas break sets us all back, and you need to do everything you can to get back into the same routine as you had the year before. It’s true that we’ve slipped up and we’ve been eliminated from the ‘Copa del Rey’, which is a great competition – but the team will try to regain that lost energy and we’re well on the road to doing so. Good results are the foundations for building confidence”