According to Spanish media AS, Iker Casillas has finally reached an agreement with Real Madrid over his transfer to FC Porto. He will sign for Portuguese giants FC Porto in the next few hours according to Spanish media. This has been announced by Héctor Fernández, director of ‘Al Primer Toque’ on the Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
The goalkeeper was at Valdebebas this morning to carry out medical tests with the rest of his current team-mates, but when he was informed of the definitive agreement he left the club’s training facilities while the rest of the players remained there. After 25 years at the club, Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is set to leave the Los Blancos. Casillas is a part of Madrid’s first team since 1999-2000 season and won five La Ligas, two Copa Del Reys and Three Champions Leagues with the club.
Casillas also has three major International trophies with Spain in the form of 2008 Euro Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro Cup. The 34-year-old has made 725 appearances for Madrid since 1999 but a notable dip in form – first spotted by Jose Mourinho when he dropped his keeper in the 2012-13 season – has made him expendable at the Bernabeu. The Madrid legend has to make way for the Spanish young goalkeeper David De Gea from Manchester United as Spanish media El Confidencial reports that a transfer fee of £28.5 million has been agreed between the two clubs for him.
But there were some disputes between Iker and Real Madrid over the personal teams of the player. Real Madrid did not want to pay Casillas €14.5 million which is the difference in wage of the player between his current deal at Real Madrid and what Porto were prepared to pay him. Therefore, Casillas went to Valdebebas yesterday (Thursday) for the first meeting with Rafa Benítez as well as turning up today, until there was white smoke, to continue doing the same as the rest of his team-mates.
In recent hours the negotiations have intensified after the problems that arose on Thursday night over his settlement. The agents that act on behalf of the Spanish goalkeeper were in Oporto a few days ago to meet with the Portuguese club’s senior officials to finally reach an agreement. It is expected that Porto will make the transfer official today (Friday) now that the agreement between all parties is complete.
Therefore, Casillas will not have to board Real Madrid’s flight to Australia on Sunday and he will bid farewell to his team-mates and the club’s supporters in the next few hours with a press conference at the Bernabéu. Casillas does not want tributes as rumours were circulating that the legendary goalkeeper will get a grand send off by the 10 time European Champions.