Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is willing to consider his future at the Spanish capital once his contract expires.
Iker Casillas might be going through one of the most trying times in his career but Spain’s poster boy remains optimistic regarding his career and believes that he can continue playing till the age of 40.
Talking to a Radio station, Casillas spoke about the pressure that is involved while playing for a club like Real Madrid and how he has effectively dealt with it since his début.
“Playing for Real Madrid from such a young age means people are constantly talking about you. And with social media that’s even more the case. It’s a big responsibility and I try to do things as best I can. You have to try to be calm and collected”. – The Real Madrid goalkeeper said.
Playing second fiddle to Diego Lopez since January 2013, Iker has been relegated to the bench by Mourinho and then successively by Carlo Ancelotti in the present campaign. Though Ancelotti has decided to play Iker for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League fixtures, lack of regular game time has also put Casillas’ starting spot for Spain in contention.
Much has been written about Casillas’ future at Real Madrid and speculation is rife regarding a possible move in the Summer after losing favour at Real Madrid. However, the Club captain has assured that he does want to finish his career at Santiago Bernabeu but believes that there will come a time when that will not be possible. The World-Cup winning Spaniard believes that he can go on to play till the age of 40 if he takes care of his health.
“I can play on until I’m 40. If you look after yourself as a goalkeeper, you can carry on until that age. I’d love to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid until I’m 40, but a time will come when that’s not possible. I’ll consider my future at Real when my contract expires.
The Spaniard has played only 15 games so far this season and this lack of regular match-fitness has affected his starting position for Spain. As the World Cup draws near, Iker knows it will be difficult to convince Del Bosque of his ability as he continues to sit on the Bernabeu bench. However he has been called up by the manager for the international friendly agaisnt Italy for which he thanked the manager.
“Hopefully I play against Italy. Being in the national team is very important to me and I am grateful for the confidence of the Coach.”
In a reflective mood, Iker Casillas spoke about his career, contributing his success partially to his luck. Casillas did not have quite an ideal start with the first team after making his debut and was sent back to play with the B team. However an injury to the first-team goalkeeper meant that Iker had to defend the post at Santiago Bernabeu and the rest they say is history.
“I think luck is a bit of the story we like to hide. Remember, I made by debut against Athletic Bilbao and things did not go quite right, so I went back to the B team. Then Bodo Illgner got injured and I came back.”
“There are moments like in the World Cup in Korea and Japan that you think can never happen but they do happen.
“I would never want anything to happen to a teammate but I jumped at the opportunity. You try to fight and struggle and you aspire to want more. I am very ambitious and I always want to play, but with respect for my teammates.”
While the Spaniard remains optimistic about his future, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him at Madrid. There are no dearth of clubs who will like to require his services and it seems the World Cup winning captain might have to go looking for new shores this summer.