Real Madrid confirm Casillas to Porto deal

11th July 2015
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The Spanish goalkeeper ends a 25 year period at the Santiago Bernabeu in order to join the Portuguese side

Real Madrid have confirmed that long-serving captain Iker Casillas will leave the club for Porto.

The goalkeeper had been linked to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, with Madrid looking to sign Kiko Casilla from Espanyol and pursuing Manchester United’s David de Gea.

The World Cup winning shot stopper had reportedly already agreed personal terms with the Portuguese side, but failure to break from his contract at the capital club was holding the deal back.

Now, though, Los Blancos have revealed that a deal has been struck that will see him bring an end to a glorious career in La Liga.

“Real Madrid and FC Porto have reached a deal on the transfer of Iker Casillas to the Portuguese club,” a statement on their official website read.

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“The greatest goalkeeper in the history of the club and in the history of Spanish football is moving on to a new stage in his footballing career.

“This goodbye evokes thousands of sensations and memories charged with hope, anticipation, sacrifice, strength and unique triumph.

“Casillas has made our coat of arms even greater. He has been our captain and has forged his legend here since he arrived as a child at just nine years of age.

“He has become one of our finest leaders and has won the respect, affection, admiration and love of the fans beyond colours and afiliations.

Iker is leaving, but his legacy is here forever. His attitude and actions in the 725 games he played in the our jersey shine a light on the path for those who dream of being part of this team.

“Thank you Iker, for everything you have done. Thank you for being a symbol of the best in our history. You are going but we will never forget that you’ll always belong to the heart of Real Madrid.”

Casillas spent 25 years attached to Madrid, during which time he won five league titles. two Copas del Rey and three Champions League trophies.

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