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Casillas exit hits pitfall

Iker Casillas was, until Thursday, on the point of moving to Porto, where he was to be at the orders of Julen Lopetegui. Although the deal had been agreed by all three parties, it is still not done. In fact, although it seemed likely that the announcement would be made this Thursday, it has not […]


10 de julio de 2015 - Sportyou

Iker Casillas was, until Thursday, on the point of moving to Porto, where he was to be at the orders of Julen Lopetegui. Although the deal had been agreed by all three parties, it is still not done. In fact, although it seemed likely that the announcement would be made this Thursday, it has not panned out as planned and now the talk is of a near breakdownin negotiations. The discrepancies are such that Iker Casillas and Real Madrid are once again at stalemate, as both parties are unhappy with the figures that are involved.

On the La COPE radio station’s programme ‘El Partido de las 12′ programme they explained the state of play. On the one hand, Real Madrid, who had even gone so far as to prepare a press note to explain the breakdown, were prepared to make up the difference between Casillas’ salary at Porto and the earnings he would lose by going there. Manolo Lama explained it thus: Casillas had two years left on his contract, with an optional third season provided he played more than 30 times. Casillas let the club off that third season. For the first two seasons he was to be paid €24 million, if he stayed at Madrid. Casillas offered to leave, if the club wanted him to, if they paid him the €12 million for each of those two seasons plus the money that he would have to pay in taxes in Portugal, which was three million more. If Madrid gave him €15 million, the goalkeeper would accept leaving, and the Blancos would save €9 million. But Madrid only want to pay him €12 million, because they consider that Casillas is the one who should pay the texes.

Until such time as the two sides reach an agreement, or not, Casillas remains a Real Madrid player. For that reason he turned up along with the rest of the squad for the first session with Rafa Benítez, who is the Madrid manager now. Also there was Sergio Ramos who, like Casillas, received his first, and who knws if his last, instructions from Rafa Benítez. The defender and the manager saw each other for the first time in a meeting in which, encouraged by the club, they tried to smooth things over. Both will be at Valdebebas on Friday for their medical check-up.

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