Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to Iker Casillas after Real Madrid confirmed they have reached an agreement to sell the veteran goalkeeper to Portuguese outfit FC Porto.
The centre-back, who himself has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, took to Twitter to express his gratitude to his departing teammate.
“10 years together and many, many shared moments,” Ramos tweeted. “A great Captain, thank you, @CasillasWorld #GraciasIker.”
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The Spain international, who is wanted by Manchester United, also posted a YouTube video of some of the great moments that he and Casillas have shared over the past 10 years.
Casillas struggled to hold back the tears in a specially-arranged press conference on Sunday morning, in which the 34-year-old explained his reasons for joining Porto and ending his 25-year association with Real Madrid.
Casillas bids tearful farewell to Real Madrid
"I have come to this great stadium today to say goodbye to all of you," he was quoted as saying by Goal.com. "Especially to the Madrid fans. As of Saturday I'm no longer a Real Madrid player, now I'll be a Porto player.
"I am moving to Porto for many reasons. Firstly I am joining Porto because of the excitement that the coach has transmitted to me.
"Secondly, because of their affection - they have won me over. I'll do everything I can to not disappoint them and fight as hard as possible to win as many titles as I possibly can there."
Casillas continued: "Thank you to the Madrid fans for their unconditional support, helping me lift every cup, every triumph, for being with me in the good moments and the bad moments. For giving me a hand when I needed lifting up.
"I don't want to be remembered as a good goalkeeper or a bad goalkeeper, I just want to be remembered as a good person.
"Thank you. Thank you. A thousand thank yous. Wherever I go, I will always shout 'Hala Madrid!’”
David de Gea move on
Real Madrid are now expected to step up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who is poised to fly to the United States with the Red Devils on Monday.
But filling the void left by Casillas, one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, will not be easy for the 24-year-old.
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