Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has made it clear that he is aiming to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu at least until his current contract expires in 2017, despite heavy rumours that this campaign will be his last for Los Blancos.
The Spain international has struggled with form for the past two years and, despite managing to keep last summer’s arrival Keylor Navas on the bench for the majority of this season, the general consensus is that Real want to purchase an upgrade at the next available opportunity.
Word on the grapevine for the duration of 2015 has been that Manchester United’s David de Gea is the priority candidate, what with his contract at Old Trafford due to expire next summer. Naturally the Red Devils are desperate to retain his services as they deem him one of their most important assets, but the allure of returning to Spain to play for his country’s most famous club might just prove too much.
However Casillas has fired what some may deem to be a warning shot at those expecting him to relinquish his position between the sticks with ease. The veteran stopper told Spanish daily AS that he had no plans to leave the club this summer, and is aiming to finish his career with the only club he’s ever known.
Staying at Real
"I want to stay until 2017, when my contract ends I want to fulfil my career at Real Madrid," Casillas said."
That will be music to the ears of United fans, who must surely be approaching the transfer window with some trepidation where De Gea is concerned. The 24-year-old has been nothing short of impeccable for the Red Devils this term and, following on from his classy displays last season, such consistency means he’s inevitably going to be a target of other big clubs unless United can tie him down to a new deal.
De Gea's future
Of course therein lies the problem, with De Gea able to command virtually however much he likes to commit his future to Manchester. Louis van Gaal will know that losing him would be a bitter blow, particularly if United are to feature in the Champions League next summer, and it would be a morale-sucking punch the Dutchman will be keen to avoid, but at the same time he won't want to be held to ransom.
Victor Valdes was drafted in as a de facto replacement in January incase De Gea decides that Real is his higher calling, meaning United shouldn’t be worried about being caught short. Yet at 33 he’s in the same age bracket as Casillas and if Los Blancos are looking to benefit from a younger model then United would do well to follow suit and do everything they can to keep De Gea.
United fans, do you think there’s any chance of Van Gaal losing De Gea to Real Madrid? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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