Iker Casillas’ desire to stay at Real Madrid linked with loyalty bonus – report

by Richard Laverty

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will fight his club’s hope he asks for a transfer away from the Bernabeu to ensure he receives a loyalty bonus should he depart.

After 17 years at the club, Casillas has come under constant pressure in Spain this year for some below par performances, particularly from his own supporters.

Whilst it may seem alien to Manchester United fans to boo your own player, especially a club legend for some poor performances, it does point to a move for David de Gea growing ever closer.

Should Madrid decide to cash in on Casillas to make space for his fellow Spaniard, they would owe the 34-year-old around £10m, but would escape any such fee should the Spain goalkeeper request a transfer.

With De Gea in top form and now a serious threat to Casillas’s place in the Spain team, the veteran’s club career is also under threat by Costa Rica star Keylor Navas, who claims he won’t leave the club despite rumours of De Gea’s impending arrival.

But Diego Lopez also claimed the same thing last summer and was soon sold to AC Milan to make room for the World Cup star from Costa Rica.

With De Gea clearly tempted by a move back home, Casillas’s control over his number one shirt may soon be taken out of his hands.

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