No one remembers Rafa Benítez at Real Madrid. His period with Los Blancos was very short, only 6 months, and Zinedine Zidane took over in January to lead the team to the 11th Champions League in Milan against Atlético Madrid. The manager left Madrid and signed with Newcastle, who were fighting to avoid relegation from the Premier League. He couldn’t achieve the goal and he trained the North East club in the Championship, achieving the promotion only one year later.
Now, Rafa Benítez has to plan the new season and he has put his eyes on a Real Madrid player. According to the website OK Diario, the Spanish coach wants to sign Kiko Casilla to reinforce the goalkeeper role at Newcastle. He has currently three goalkeepers in the squad –Darlow, Elliott and Seis-, but he’d like to sign the Real Madrid player.
However, Real Madrid don’t want to sell Kiko Casilla. They see the goalkeeper as the perfect substitute for this position. Actually, he did a great season, playing 11 games in La Liga, 6 in Copa del Rey, one in Champions League and the European Supercup against Sevilla.
Real Madrid are having a look in the market to sign a new goalkeeper. Gigi Donnarumma is the favourite one, but he might join the club in 2018, when his contract expires. The other option is David de Gea, although his signing fee would be very high. Real Madrid can also give confidence to Keylor Navas, who won the Champions League for the club. No matter who arrives, or stays, in the club, the bosses want Casilla to be the second goalkeeper.
Kiko Casilla played at Real Madrid when he was a youngster and then he made his career with Espanyol, where he was a key player in the squad. In 2015, Real Madrid paid €6M for the player, who is now 30 years old, the perfect age for a mature goalkeeper.