Casillas mulling over Real Madrid exit

Madrid. Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted Thursday he will consider quitting Real Madrid if he does not regain his place in the side.

Madrid. Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted Thursday he will consider quitting Real Madrid if he does not regain his place in the side.

The 32-year-old is a one-club man having grown up through the youth ranks at Madrid before making his debut in September 1999 as an 18-year-old.

Apart from a brief spell in 2001/02 when he lost his place in the side, Casillas has been an immovable object in the Madrid goal ever since.

That was until last season when then-coach Jose Mourinho dropped him in favour of Diego Lopez, a move replicated by new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The lack of match-action has seen Casillas also lose his guaranteed starting spot in the Spain side, something that had not happened since he made the jersey his own at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Casillas has vowed to fight on for now, but said he cannot be certain that will last much longer.

“Right now my aim is to fight, battle and play every day,” he said during an event for children at the Boadilla del Monte sports club near Madrid. “If it wasn’t clear, I would have told the president that I wanted to leave in September (before the transfer window closed), that my only desire was to leave here, or at Christmas. “However, if the situation doesn’t change in the next three months, at best I’ll be considering to leave.”

Real, five points behind La Liga leaders Barca and Atletico Madrid after eight games, host Malaga on Saturday before Italian side Juventus visit in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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