Iker Casillas will never consider quitting his beloved Real Madrid.
The goalkeeper has been at the Bernabeu since linking up with their youth system aged just nine, and has gone on to enjoy a remarkable career. Not only has he enjoyed great success with Los Blancos, but he has also won a record 143 international caps for Spain, who he captained to World Cup glory in 2010 and two European Championship titles.
This season has been the most difficult of his career, with Real falling well behind Barcelona in their bid to retain the title and also crashing out of the UEFA Champions League to Borussia Dortmund at the semi-final stage. On a personal note, the 31-year-old has been out of the side due to injury and his problematic relationship with Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach looks certain to leave the Spanish capital during the summer, so Casillas will be restored as a key member of the first team next season. But even if this wasn’t the case and Mourinho decided to see out his contract with Real, there is little chance of the shot-stopper would even consider moving on.
“My future is at Real Madrid whatever happens, because I have a contract with them and because I have been here since I was nine, it is the club of my life and where I want to be,” said Casillas, who was awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Madrid on Thursday.
Since establishing himself as the number one at Real in 1999, Casillas has gone on to win five league titles, two Champions Leagues, and one Copa del Rey. He has won numerous individual awards and has been voted in the UEFA Team of the Year in every season since 2007, a record he shares with his current Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.