So, Iker Casillas fancies heading to the USA does he…
Alright. We’re listening, Iker.
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Real Madrid’s legendary goalkeeper, who has guarded the net for Los Blancos and the Spanish national team for well over a decade, spoke about potentially playing in Major League Soccer in the coming years.
Hot on the heels of David Villa, Kaka, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard joining the league, Casillas is open to moving Stateside when the time is right.
“I have no problem in saying that I would like to play in the United States,” Casillas said. “I would like the experience of a different kind of football and if that happened tomorrow it would allow me to remember and value the time I’ve spent at Madrid.”
Hmm, interesting. Casillas also went on to say that the USA is a good option because he will never have to directly compete against his beloved Real.
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Casillas, 33, is contracted to the reigning European champions until 2017 but in recent seasons his fluctuating form has seen plenty of criticism in the Spanish capital, an further afield, for the kid who came through the academy. During Jose Mourinho’s time in charge of Real he preferred Diego Lopez in goal over Casillas and recently the captain of the Spanish national team has had to battle it out with Costa Rican international Keylor Navas for the starting spot. Recent struggles aside, Casillas is still one of the finest goalkeeper to ever play the game.
The Spaniard has won three UEFA Champions League titles, five La Liga crowns and has played in over 700 games for Real and is the most capped player in Spanish national team history with 160 appearances for La Furia Rojo, as he has won the 2010 World Cup and European Championships in 2008 and 2012 with Spain. Yeah, his resume is pretty darn impressive.
But could Casillas really be heading to MLS any time soon? In 2017, when his current deal with Real expires, there will be new teams in Atlanta, a rebranded franchise in LA up and running and David Beckham’s (Casillas’ old teammate) Miami franchise could be sorted out by then. Plenty of new options for Casillas, as well as the likes of NYCFC, LA Galaxy and the other big spenders who would surely love to snap him up and bring him to MLS.
Watch this space.