Iker Casillas reportedly has a pact agreed with Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, that he can leave the club for free, at the end of the 2014-2015 campaign in La Liga.
Whilst there has been much speculation that Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, could be moving away from the Bernabéu as early as this summer, it appears that he will remain for at least one more season.
According to a report in the online edition of Spanish sports paper AS, Iker Casillas and his agent, Carlo Cutropía, met with Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, to discuss his future after the team secured the Champions League ‘Décima’.
Clearly doubts about a role of lesser importance have been playing on the mind of Casillas, beginning with his parking on the bench by José Mourinho, followed by the policy of Carlo Ancelotti, of utilising the Spain international in cup competitions only, during the recently completed season.
Florentino Pérez is suggested to have convinced Iker Casillas to remain at the club, albeit for just one more season, whilst also with the promise that even with two more years on his contract, he will be allowed to leave the Bernabéu for free, in June 2015.
What remains to be seen ahead of the coming season, is whether Carlo Ancelotti has any changes in mind, or whether he’ll continue to utilise Diego López for La Liga matches and Iker Casillas for the Copa del Rey and Champions League games.
In addition, Real Madrid already appear to be planning for the eventual departure of Iker Casillas. Earlier this week, agent Miha Mlakar confirmed that contact has already been made about his client, Jan Oblak, the 21-year-old Slovenian keeper, currently with Benfica in Portugal.