Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Real Madrid hero Iker Casillas have any icy relationship due to the increasing levels of competition for the position of No.1 in the Spain national side.
According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the pair don’t see eye to eye, despite the fact that De Gea once looked upon his Real counterpart as his idol. The fact that Casillas has experienced a drop in form over the past two years - counteracted by De Gea’s rise to prominence - hasn’t helped matters, and now friendship has fallen by the wayside as the two fight for superiority.
Bubbling under the national rivalry is the persistent transfer rumours that suggest De Gea has become a priority target for the powers that be at the Santiago Bernabeu moving forward.
The ex-Atletico Madrid stopper’s brilliant form under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal has alerted Real bosses to the fact that he could well be the best ‘keeper in the world before too long, and as such he fits perfectly into Florentino Perez’s Galactico mantra.
In stark contrast Casillas seems to be on the decline, and although he’s managed to keep Keylor Navas at bay this season the verdict is still out with regards to whether or not he’ll be the main man come the summer.
Naturally the growing sense of anticipation concerning if Real will look to raid United for De Gea has put an increased burden on the relationship between the two ‘keepers, and it's threatening to come to a boil on the national front.
Casillas vs De Gea
With Casillas having already amassed 160 caps over a fifteen year career for Spain he’ll not want to surrender his position easily, but in De Gea coach Vicente del Bosque has one of the most promising players in Europe.
That leaves the veteran coach with a tricky decision; does he drop his captain in favour of the more in-form player? Or does he try to slowly edge Casillas out with a view to using De Gea as a long-term option. The United man will certainly want the former, and the more he pushes for it the more hostile the two men could become.