The goalkeeper is out of favour in Madrid but could become an ace in England.
In a bewildering turn of events that is perhaps only understood by current and former Real Madrid coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho, Iker Casillas has been removed from the No.1 spot at the club.
Despite having been in command of the gloves at the Santiago Bernabeu since 1999, Casillas fell out of favour with Mourinho last term and was replaced between the sticks by Diego Lopez.
Many believed this to be due to internal disagreements at Los Blancos and less to do with the Spaniard’s capabilities.
National team coach Vicente Del Bosque – who handed Casillas the goalkeeper’s 150th cap on Friday – has shed some light on why the 32-year-old and Mourinho fell out.
“He was a very important figure in keeping harmony in our national team,” the manager was quoted by Football Espana.
“During difficult moments for the Spain team, when there were tensions arising from the matches between Madrid and Barcelona, he helped the national team to move forward and keep on winning trophies such as the last European Championships [in 2012].
“That didn’t go down well [with Mourinho], and Iker was undoubtedly harmed by that.”
Yet new Madrid boss Ancelotti seems to have the same doubts over Casillas and with it being a World Cup year, the Spain captain may be beginning to worry about a place in the side.
Del Bosque could hardly field a stopper that’s not playing when talents such as Pepe Reina and David De Gea are featuring every week.
Therefore despite being a Madrid man through and through, Casillas may have to do something the ‘keeper probably never imagined and leave the Bernabeu.
If this did happen then Arsenal and Manchester City – two Premier League clubs with doubts over their first choice men in goal – would be waiting to pounce.
Watch this space in January as one of the most decorated footballers in history could well be arriving on English shores.
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