Iker Casillas is still at the top of his game. At 33-years-old he is in his prime as a goalkeeper and his fitness, sharpness and experience are all at their peak. In a couple of years’ time, however, he will be beginning to fade as a force, and Real Madrid are already looking at their options as to who can succeed him. If reports in the press are to be believed then Madrid are already lining up Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea to come in and fill Casillas’ gloves. For his part, Casillas is reportedly looking at options in the MLS to top up his pension pot.
De Gea, who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for a British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper of £17.8m, has become one of the Premier League’s most reliable keepers. Despite a slow start at Old Trafford, he has developed into one of the most impressive shot-stoppers in the world and, as noted by the betting experts at bluesq, he has been pivotal to United’s revival under Louis van Gaal this season. De Gea currently has 18 months left on his Old Trafford contract, and the United board are reportedly prepared to offer a huge wage rise in order to keep him. Madrid, meanwhile, are happy to bide their time and allow his contract to run down before snapping him up on a free.
Stand by Casillas
If Madrid were to attempt to sign De Gea before his contract expired then they would need to offer a huge sum. They would also need to be willing to let Casillas leave the club more or less immediately, and accept that one of their greatest servants would not be leaving on his own terms. The plan to allow De Gea’s contract to run down is smart and will save the club a significant amount of money, as well as saving them the embarrassment of dropping Casillas. De Gea seems to be the future at the Bernabeu but, for the time being, the club are right to stand by Casillas.