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Three reasons why Iker Casillas should stay at Real Madrid

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When Iker Casillas arrived at the training ground with the Spanish national team at exactly the same time as David de Gea, you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.

Both goalkeepers, despite standing just a few feet apart, completely ignored each others gaze.

It was awkward at best but it gave us an insight into what might have been expected at Real Madrid before it became clear that moves are being made to relieve Sant Iker of his duties.

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It's unclear whether releasing Casillas is Rafa Benitez's decision or Florentino Perez's but it's clear that bringing an end to the career of Real's number one at the Santiago Bernabeu could have massive repurcussions.

Let's take a look at three reasons why it's completely the wrong decision to let Casillas go...

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"Mister Madrid"

Even taking into account that football is a business and there is no room for sentiment at the highest levels of the game, there are a few players that are deserving of a little more courtesy.

Iker Casillas is in that bracket.

At the club since nine years of age and one of its longest serving captains, Casillas knows the club inside and out, is a confirmed Madridista and knows exactly what it means to represent the organisation.

Only Raul can possibly come close in the modern era as being a player who truly represents the embodiment of the club.

You just don't toss that aside.

Still got it

Bizarrely, if we look at the numbers, David de Gea isn't even an upgrade on Casillas.

So to analyse the deal in a literal sense, Real would be releasing a goalkeeper that has actually performed better across the season than their new signing.

Casillas has made more saves per game, more clearances per game and conceded less fouls and only one goal more.

It doesn't make any sense whatsoever, and perhaps the boos and whistles from the Bernabeu crowd are what's informing the decision makers at the club.

There certainly isn't any sensible reason to be dispensing with Casillas' services at this stage.

A role to play

There are other considerations too. 

Even if Rafa Benitez was clear in his desire to remove Casillas as his number one keeper, he is still more than capable of fulfilling the back-up role to de Gea.

He won't necessarily like playing second fiddle, but he did so when Diego Lopez was in situ and in many respects it would force Casillas to work extra hard to try and win his place back again.

Keylor Navas has warmed the bench for virtually the entirety of his tenure in Madrid so it would make far more sense to offload him and allow him the chance of first team action.

Furthermore, because of his standing at the club, an ambassadorial role isn't without merit and one that Casillas could also fill quite comfortably.

Madrid really are cutting their nose off.

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