Casillas plans to retire at Real Madrid
By Football News
Iker Casillas says he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid as he wants to remain at the Spanish champions until the end of his career.
The experienced goalkeeper recently lost his starting berth at the Santiago Bernabeu side but said his omission has not affected his desire to retire at the club.
Mourinho dropped Casillas before the winter break and the 31-year-old again sat on the bench during last Sunday's 4-3 La Liga win over Real Sociedad.
"This club is wonderful and special and it brings everything together to be here. I'm from Madrid and play for the best club possible and would like to retire here if possible," Casillas said.
"I have to thank the people for the affection that they've always shown for me. Since I was 17 years old I have been under the microscope.
"I've done what I have had to do to make people feel proud when I wear the shirt. It is gratifying that they would remember me. I have a special sort of affection and it is appreciated."
Casillas admitted he was yet to talk to coach Jose Mourinho about why he was axed.
"We have not discussed anything. He did not speak with me when I played as a starter and does not have to do it when I'm not," Casillas said.
"This club is wonderful and special and it brings everything together to be here. I'm from Madrid and play for the best club possible and would like to retire here if possible.
"After winning so many things at Real Madrid and after 14 years, what I like most is that people enjoy themselves and say that you are Real Madrid through and through."
Casillas has made more than 600 official appearances for Madrid since making his debut in 1999-2000.