Iker Casillas has asked to be “remembered as a good person” after tearfully bidding farewell to Real Madrid ahead of his move to Porto.
In an emotional Press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, the goalkeeper explained the motives behind his switch to the Portuguese giants and thanked Los Blancos for giving him the platform to enjoy success.
“First of all, thank you for joining me in this special moment.
“I have come to this great stadium to say goodbye to all of you and, especially, Real Madrid.
“As you know, I stopped being a Real Madrid player [on Saturday]. I’m joining Porto for two reasons.
“The first is desire on the Portuguese club’s part to sign me. The second is the affection that I’ve received [from them] in recent days.
“I’m very happy and pleased by this interest, and I’ll do all I can to win every possible trophy [with Porto].
“Now, I want to address Los Blancos. This difficult day has come to say goodbye to the club that have given me everything.
“It only seems like yesterday that I wore the Real Madrid jersey for the first time as a nine-year-old.
“I saw my dream fulfilled. During this time, I’ve felt very loved and accompanied. This club have also formed me as a person and helped me grow. I’ve always tried to carry their values.
“Throughout these years, I’ve experienced unique moments. I leave great friends behind, but I know I can always count on them.
“I also want to thank all my Coaches. I remember them all because of all the many things that I’ve learned from them.
“[I] also [want to thank] the various coaching staff for giving me advice and understanding in bad times and entire club staff, who have been part of Real Madrid. They’re not seen but are always there.
“Thank you to my parents and family, who have always been by my side, plus my wife and son.
“Thank you Real Madrid for your unconditional support, being your captain for the last five years and being able to lift trophies.
“Above all, more so than being remembered as a good or bad goalkeeper, I hope that I’m remembered for being a good person.
“To the thousands of you [the fans], thank you. I’ll never be able to forget you. I’ll follow you wherever you go, shouting ‘Hala Madrid’.
“I won’t say goodbye because we shall meet here again soon.”