Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has admitted that he is getting closer and closer to hanging up his gloves.
Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has admitted that he is getting closer and closer to hanging up his gloves; but he also claimed that when the time comes to finish playing, he wants to remain in the game.
The 36-year-old has been with Portuguese heavyweights FC Porto since 2015, but spent the vast majority of his career with boyhood club Real Madrid - collecting many trophies along the way - including La Liga and the Champions League.
He also enjoyed huge success as Spain's first choice stopper for over a decade, collecting a staggering 167 caps and picking up the FIFA World Cup in 2010, as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
Now, reflecting on his career, Casillas has discussed his time over the last couple of decades.
“I have been very lucky in football, ever since I started." He told AS. "I have to be grateful to this sport, which has given me so much joy and also so much sadness, but I will always remember the happy moments more.
"Behind the players are the fans, who suffer and who believe in their team. I have had the opportunity to make a lot of people happy.”
As Casillas' career hits its twilight years, the goalkeeper realises that the time to retire from the game will arrive soon, but he admits that a future in football is preferable for the Spaniard.
“Every day I’m getting closer to hanging up the gloves," he revealed.
"I’d like to remain within football but I don’t know in what capacity. But I definitely want to stay involved in the football world.”
The keeper signed a one-year contract extension with his current club over the summer, meaning his new deal will come to an end at the end of this season.