Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas intends to stay with the club until his contract expires in June 2017, according to Cuatro TV.
It is widely expected that Madrid will sign a replacement for the 33-year-old this summer, with Manchester United’s David de Gea and Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen just two of the names to have been mentioned, but Casillas is understood to be willing to see out the remainder of his contract.
The Spain international’s decision is understood to go against the wishes of the club, while any rescission of his current agreement could prove extremely costly for Los Blancos.
In 2016 and 2017 Casillas would earn an alleged €8m and €7.5m respectively – apart from the €8.5m he will receive this season – and the television channel believes, reports El Economista, that the club must also take charge of the player’s tax payments.
This figure amounts to €7.8m, meaning the cost of keeping Casillas would reach €23.3m.