Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas has confirmed he plans to finish his career at the club he has represented since joining the Castilla academy as a young boy.
The 31-year-old made his debut aged just 18 and on the 13th anniversary of that occassion he has said that he would love to stay with the club until the day he retires.
“It would be a dream come true to end my career in the club,” Casillas told the official website of the La Liga champions.
“I had the privilege of starting out when I was only nine,” he said. “Time goes quickly, but I’m really pleased with all the things that Real Madrid have given me and all that I’ve given the club.”
Still young for a goalkeeper, Casillas has collected two Champions League titles, two Intercontinental Cups, five league titles, one Copa del Rey, one European Super Cup and three Spanish Supercopas with Madrid.
He has also won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.
“13 years have gone by and you hope that there’ll be many more,” Casillas said.
“My contract is until I’m 36 and my dream is to retire when I’m 39.”
Sergio Aguero insists Manchester City are now good enough to beat Real Madrid as the two sides gear up for a Champions League clash at Santiago Bernabeu, next Tuesday evening.
The Premier League champions are embarking on only their second Champions League campaign, and were knocked out of last season’s competition at the group stage, along with bitter rivals Manchester United.
However, the Argentine striker – who used to play for Los Blancos’ fiercest rivals, Atletico Madrid, believes his side are now good enough to challenge the likes of Madrid and Barcelona for European glory.
“I was never on the winning side against them so let’s hope with City we can beat them,” he told the Daily Express.
“It will be difficult. Right now Real and Barca are among the best teams in the world, but we have a great team too.”
Aguero will be hoping to play a part in the clash, having been out since mid-August with a knee injury which caused him to miss Argentina’s two recent world cup qualifiers.
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani feels it is impossible for the Rossoneri to compete with clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The 68-year-old believes the Serie A giants have what it takes to take on any other Italian team, but fears the big guns from Spain are out of their reach at this point.
“Milan can compete with any Italian team in my opinion, but things are different in Europe. Teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid are from another planet,” Galliani was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.
The Milan director then went on to discuss the fitness of Alexandre Pato, and revealed that the Brazil international is set to resume match action.
“Pato? He is recovering very well. I expect him to make his comeback pretty soon.”
Milan resume match action on Saturday when they take on Atalanta.