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Premier League clubs are mad to have snubbed Iker Casillas; here's why

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According to the latest reports, Real Madrid's Iker Casillas could be bound for Portugal. Porto have apparently been in contact and want to make the custodian the highest paid player ever in Portuguese football.

The lure for the 'keeper is therefore obvious, and the destination isn't too far from his current Madrid stomping ground. It's a wonder that Real are considering letting him leave at all, but the whys and wherefores are unimportant if the decision is made.

What is strange is that not one Premier League club seems to have made a concerted offer for San Iker's services. Not one. This is a player who has been instrumental in the successes of the Spanish national side between 2008 and 2012.

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He is certainly still able to do a job at the highest level but the Premier League train may well have departed the station without him. Let's take a look at three reasons why the EPL are mad to have snubbed him...

Experience

If you are looking for a high quality exponent that has "been there and done it" then they don't come much more qualified than Iker Casillas.

At club level, he has stood virtually unchallenged for years as Madrid's number one, with only Jose Mourinho's childish games keeping him out of the side for any significant length of time.

Spain as a country owe him a huge debt of gratitude. A leader of men and a real voice in the dressing room, he and Barcelona's Xavi can be credited with restoring harmony in a dressing room threatening to be split apart via the El Clasico rivalry.

Years of experience on the pitch and media savvy off of it isn't something that every player possesses.  Casillas has it in spades.

Older but better

Looking at his numbers, Casillas is actually getting better as he gets older, something that tends to happen with goalkeepers. Aside from 2011/12, Casillas has just come off of his best season in terms of clearances, accuracy, one on one success, shot stopping etc.

At 34 years of age, he can still be considered relatively young for a 'keeper and if he continues to keep himself in optimum shape, there is no reason at all why Casillas can't go on for at least another three to four seasons.

The likelihood is that he will continue to improve before tailing off at the end of his career. It's worth noting too that his figures were better than most of his EPL contemporaries.

Big game player

There's one thing that Iker Casillas can't be accused of and that is going hiding in the biggest matches. It comes with the territory and 'keepers will be exposed, normally to a worldwide audience, when making mistakes at the very highest level.

Casillas is still one of the first people to put their head above the parapet when things go wrong and need addressing but he does also have the temperament to deal with any setbacks professionally.

That said, he still absolutely relishes the battle in the biggest games and he continues to set the highest standards between the posts at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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