Casillas has reached an agreement to leave the club this northern summer despite the Spain goalkeeper having two years left on his contract. Iker Casillas is closer than ever to leaving Real Madrid this summer allowing David de Gea to become the club’s undisputed No 1 when he signs next week. De Gea, 24, is under contract at Old Trafford for another season but has failed to agree a new deal with the Red Devils.
De Gea should complete his switch after leaving international duty with Spain on Sunday, and as he comes in, Casillas will depart after 16 years at the club. Both goalkeepers are currently on international duty with Spain, which takes on Costa Rica in Leon on Friday morning.
The most-decorated keeper in Real Madrid’s history has two years left on his current contract and wants them paid in full if he is to quit. Real had originally rejected that demand but now look set to reach a compromise by paying the difference in earnings between what Casillas would have picked up at Madrid by staying until the end of his deal and what he is he offered by his new club.
Casillas, the Madrid and Spain captain, stated last month that he had no intention of leaving Madrid any time soon and would fight for a starting place with De Gea, should the former Atletico Madrid player’s potential move to the Bernabeu stadium materialize.
“I don’t see myself anywhere else next season,” the 34-year-old Casillas recently said. “I’ve already stated that I want to retire here. I would like to end my career at Real Madrid. The club recently told me they want me to continue. I am a man of challenges and last year I had a big one and I overcame it.”
Casillas lost his starting place under former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and also struggled at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Spain exited at the first hurdle last year. Casillas has an offer from Fenerbahce but would prefer a switch to Italy with Roma and Inter Milan other possible destinations.
Real are expected to make their opening gambit for the Manchester United goalkeeper at £22million but even though De Gea only has a year left on his contract, that first bid is likely to be rejected. The deal would be broken down as £18.3m with a further £3.7m in add-ons. But United signed the stopper for £17.8m in 2011 and value him closer to £35m.