Iker Casillas is, in my estimation, one of the world’s finest goalkeepers. Not only is he club captain of his beloved Real Madrid, but he is also the captain of the Spanish national team. Yes it was he who lifted the World Cup! And the European Championship trophy. Twice!
But now the 32 year old shot stopper is having a hard time as Madrid’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti, like José Mourinho before him for much of last season, left him on the bench during Madrid’s first game of the season.
Of course there’s not many goalkeepers as good as Iker if you ask me. Manuel Neuer, Victor Valdes, Samir Handanovič, Gianluigi Buffon and Hugo Lloris may all be world-class – but I still think Iker is just that bit better. However Mourinho, and now Ancelotti, think different as they seem to prefer Diego Lopez to stand between the posts for Real Madrid. It looks like the boy from Móstoles, just outside the Spanish capital, may have to leave the club where he has spent his entire footballing career.
But where could he go?
Well it’s no secret that Arsenal have a nice chunk of cash in the bank and Arsene Wenger himself admitted that he needs to strengthen the squad. Iker Casillas would be a hugely welcomed addition to Arsenal Football Club – and indeed to English football. I’m sure other Premier League teams, such as Manchester City, will be keeping an eye on this situation.
Paris St. Germain and their wads of Qatari cash could be another potential move for him. While they have the brilliant Italian ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu, they could easily afford Casillas. And he could fit into a star-studded PSG side that currently boasts the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Thiago Silva.
There’s plenty for Iker Casillas to think about. On reputation alone, he could get into 99% of clubs out there. But there’s a lot to be said about leaving a club like Real Madrid. Especially when you’re club and country captain and a huge fans’ favourite. That club has been his life, but as a born winner, he’s not destined to be warming the subs bench.
Do you think Casillas will stay at Madrid? Or leave? Will Carlo Ancelotti play him this season? Or is he better off elsewhere? Let Rob Smith know via Twitter (@robsmithireland)