MADRID: Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas may consider leaving his lifelong club if he does not get more playing time, the 32-year-old was quoted as saying yesterday.
Casillas lost his place in the Real team after breaking a bone in his hand midway through last season.
Coach Jose Mourinho, with whom Casillas had a testy relationship, bought Diego Lopez from Sevilla as cover in the January transfer window and stuck with the him even after Casillas recovered.
Carlo Ancelotti has since instituted a policy of playing Lopez in La Liga and Casillas in the Champions League, prompting speculation the latter could seek an exit. “Players go through moments when if you are not playing a part you think about making some sort of decision,” Casillas said at a promotional event in the Spanish capital, according to local media.
“Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid,” he added.
“I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.”
He added: “I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn’t change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning
to leave.” REUTERS