It’s claimed that rather than Iker Casillas turning down Valencia, it was Valencia that told the Real Madrid goalkeeper that they weren’t interested in him.
Super Deporte say that after Casillas was told by Madrid of the club’s intention to sign another goalkeeper this summer – most likely David De Gea – Casillas’ representatives began exploring other options.
Valencia are in the market for a goalkeeper after Diego Alves suffered a serious knee injury in the final game of the season and so Casillas’ people contacted the Mestalla club.
They were told that Casillas isn’t what Valencia are looking for, because of the cost of the transfer. Casillas’ final two years at Madrid will see him earn €30m, Super Deporte say, out of Valencia’s price bracket.
It was painted as Casillas being unwilling to play for a Spanish team other than Madrid but Super Deporte’s version of events disputes that.
Casillas isn’t under consideration at Valencia because the club don’t feel his recent performances justify the salary he would command, as it’s not felt Casillas would take a pay cut to join, as he would do if he was to move abroad.