Casillas targets eight more years at Madrid

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.”

I'm focused on winning with Real Madrid, insists Ronaldo

Cristiano ronaldo celebrates the winning of spanish supercup

Cristiano ronaldo celebrates the winning of spanish supercup

Cristiano Ronaldo has given Real Madrid fans and staff a welcome relief by affirming his dedication to Los Blancos, thereby dismissing rumours of a potential exit.

The Portuguese winger refused to celebrate his two goals against Granada on September 2, and revealed after the match that he was unhappy due to a professional issue.

He soon left the Spanish capital for international duty, but after claiming two wins with the Seleccao, he has now returned to the club, and is eager to quell speculation over the cause for his melancholy.

“Two games, six points. Mission accomplished. We could have scored more goals, but it is also true that Azerbaijan greatly complicated our task,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

“In any case, the final result of both games was very positive and it is now time to return to the club and think only about my club.

“I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my team-mates and all Madridistas.”

Goal.com confirmed on Wednesday that the Spanish champions would consider offers in the region of €200 million for the former Manchester United man.

Real Madrid would sell Ronaldo for €200 million

Cristiano Ronaldo no festeja

Cristiano Ronaldo / Getty

By Alberto Pinero

Real Madrid would be willing to sell Cristiano Ronaldo for a €200 million fee if they cannot resolve his current situation at the club, Goal.com can confirm.

The Portuguese superstar refused to celebrate his two goals during the 3-0 win over Granada on September 2, and claimed in the wake of the match that he was unhappy.

The former Manchester United man is one of 17 players returning to training on Wednesday after international duty and there has been a wave of speculation regarding his future at the club.

However, Los Blancos are determined to tackle the crisis and will hold talks between the player, coach Jose Mourinho and president Florentino Perez.

Although Ronaldo himself was quick to deny that a desire for a pay rise was the reason for his current state of melancholy, rumours have persisted that the Portuguese is eyeing an improved contract.

The Real Madrid No.7 earns nearly €10m annually on his current contract, a significantly lower sum than players such as Samuel Eto’o (€20m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€14.5m).

Spain’s tax laws have undergone a recent change, and Madrid would now have to pay a 52 per cent tax on the player’s wages compared to the current 24%. This means that if they offer Ronaldo a contract in the region of €15m annually, they will be forced to pay over €23m each year after tax.

Perez has voiced his confidence that the winger will not leave the Bernabeu, but ABC news reports that two mystery clubs, believed to be Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala, would be prepared to offer him a €20m annual salary.

The capital club paid an unprecedented €100m fee for his services in 2009, and he could be set for another world-record transfer if the talks prove to be fruitless.

Aguero insists Manchester City can compete with Europe's finest ahead of Real Madrid clash

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.

Galliani: Barcelona & Real Madrid from another planet

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.