‘Casillas tribute planned for Friday’

A tribute to captain Iker Casillas is reportedly being planned by Real Madrid as the player prepares to depart Santiago Bernabeu.

Though official confirmation is still yet to be made, the goalkeeper is widely reported to have agreed to move to Porto on a free-transfer, bringing to an end his 25-year association with Los Blancos.

As such, the 10-time European champions are said to be planning to open the doors of their home stadium tomorrow afternoon, in order to give fans the opportunity to bid farewell to the club legend.

Casillas is set to be accompanied by club President Florentino Perez, Madrid’s entire first team squad and members of his family on what promises to be an emotional occasion for all concerned.

As well as making a speech to supporters, Casillas will also hold a final Press conference as a Madrid player before heading to Portugal to begin pre-season with his new team.

The 34-year-old has made 725 appearances for Madrid, the second highest amount of any player to have ever played for the club.

During that time he has won 19 trophies and will bow out as one of Los Blancos’ true greats.

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