San Iker Completes 13 Years At Real Madrid

Interview

12/09/2012

Casillas: “It would be a dream come true to end my career in the club I had the privilege of starting out in when I was only nine”

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“Time goes by quickly, but I’m really pleased with all the things that Real Madrid has given me and all that I’ve given the club”, said the Whites’ captain 13 years to the day after his official debut

It has been 13 years since Iker Casillas made his debut in an official Real Madrid match. The White’s captain has picked up many memories and titles during his time at the top, but the Real Madrid keeper is looking to the future and only thinks about ending his sporting career in the team that saw him develop as a fooballer: “It would be a dream come true to end my career in the club. I had the privilege of starting out in when I was only nine. Time goes quickly, but I’m really pleased with all the things that Real Madrid has given me and all that I’ve given the club. Now you realise that 13 years have gone by and you hope that there’ll be many more. My contract is until I’m 36 and my dream is to retire when I’m 39”.

It’s 13 years to the day since your first official match with Real Madrid. I imagine that you must have a lot of memories that spring to mind.

It was a special day because it was my debut in San Mamés and in Real Madrid on an official level. I’m happy because I never thought that I would be here so long, even though it was my dream. The years go by quickly, but I’m really pleased with all the things that Real Madrid has given me and all that I’ve given the club.

What’s your favourite memory from all this time at the top?

Without a doubt, the first European Cup I won. It was really special and unique for me because in ten months I went from playing in Real Madrid C, in the Third Division, to playing a Champions League final. It’s the title I’m most fond of. I have other great memories too, such as those of my second European Cup and the various Ligas that we’ve won.

With performances like those you became known as the saint. Now with 13 years behind you and the captain’s armband, you’re both saint and symbol of the club.

Out of all my teammates here I’m the most veteran player in terms of seasons with the club. I don’t know about being the saint and symbol, but what is true is that being the most veteran player I have a big responsibility in terms of the others. I always planned to progress little by little and I remember teammates from back then such as Hierro and Sanchís who told me that at 18 or 19 I had a huge career ahead of me. Now you realise that 13 years have gone by, which is a lot of memories, and you hope that there’ll be many more.

You’re wearing the training shirt with Higuaín’s number 20 and I imagine that you’d like to spend at least 20 more years in the club. What goals have you set yourself for the future?

I’d love that to be the case and to spend 20 more years with the club. ‘El Pipa’ gave me the shirt for this interview and it would be a dream come true and a real joy to end my career in the club I had the privilege of starting out in when I was only nine. My contract is until I’m 36 and my dream is to retire when I’m 39. I’m also aware that it’s more and more difficult, they demand more from you. You always have to set the bar higher and now people don’t allow you to lower your standards. It’s an added responsibility for me.

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