Kiko Casilla would find it impossible to turn down Real Madrid –...

Kiko Casilla would find it impossible to turn down Real Madrid – coach


Kiko Casilla would find it impossible to turn down a move to Real Madrid, according to the goalkeeper’s current coach, Espanyol boss Sergio Gonzalez.

Casilla has been one of many keepers linked with the 10-time Champions League winners now they have sold club legend Iker Casillas to Porto. The favourite to take over remains Manchester United shot stopper David de Gea, but Los Blancos are looking at other options should they not be able to complete that deal.

Sergio Romero, a free agent after leaving Sampdoria, Victor Valdes, the ex-Barcelona man, and David Ospina, the Arsenal goalkeeper and brother-in-law of Real star James Rodriguez, are some of the names being linked with the club.

Real have already had a four million euro bid for Casilla turned down. The 28-year-old grew up in the Los Blancos youth teams but left to gain first team football and has firmly established himself as the number one at Espanyol.

And if Real come calling again, Gonzalez said it would be too good for Casilla to refuse.

Speaking to reporters, the boss stated: “There are offers that you have to weigh up but, when you have an offer of that level, it’s clear that you want to go there. You have to take it with your eyes closed.

“He is training with desire, as if nothing has happened, very attentive with his team-mates,” Casilla’s boss enthused. He does not want to force the situation. Espanyol are very lucky to have Casilla.”

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