Real Madrid home-grown goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, now at Espanyol, might return to his boyhood club next summer, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The 27-year-old is having the best season of his career, including two fantastic performances against Los Blancos in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
The fact that either Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas will leave the Santiago Bernabeu next summer has forced Real directors to start seeking for a new keeper. Casilla seems like the best option in all senses, as he knows the club well and his signing would be very cheap, given that Madrid still owns 50 per cent of the player’s rights.
Marca reports that, although Casilla’s buy-out clause is 20 million euros, Espanyol would be forced to reduce it, since the keeper’s contract will expire in June 2015. With Real only required to pay half of that amount, the final price for Los Blancos could be around five million euros.
Casilla left Real Madrid in 2007 to join Espanyol. However, he has struggled to settle as the starting goalkeeper until this season. He’s made 21 appearances so far in La Liga, conceding 27 goals.