Goalkeeper Iker Casillas' mother isn't too happy about her son's transfer to FC Porto, labeling the club "a second division team." Casillas bid Real Madrid a tearful farewell on July 12. He is moving to Porto after spending the last 25 years with Real Madrid.
Iker Casillas' mother is none too pleased with her son's move to FC Porto.
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Casillas' mother, Maria del Carmen Fernandez, blasted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in a July 12 interview with El Mundo (via Mirror Online's Richard Innes). She also labeled Porto as a "second-division team":
"Porto is a second-division team and my son deserves a greater one than that, such as Barcelona.
"A world champion can't end up at Porto. He could have gone wherever he wanted and I wouldn't have minded if it were Barcelona because they are perfect gentlemen."
Real Madrid announced Casillas' departure for Porto on July 11, effectively ending his 25-year stint with the team, per ESPN FC's Adriana Garcia.
Casillas had two years left on his Real Madrid contract. He is expected to ink a new, two-year deal with Porto with the option of staying for another year, per Garcia.
Real Madrid (via ESPN FC) issued a statement on Casillas' departure:
"Real Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Iker Casillas to the Portugese club.
"For Real Madrid today is a day (of) gratitude and acknowledgement. Today the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and of our country leaves the club to begin a new stage in his career."
For his part, Casillas explained why he's going to Porto in an emotional press conference at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Sunday, per Football-Espana.net:
"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 Portugese 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 has 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 always 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.
"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."
In a separate ESPN FC update, Garcia says no Real Madrid official accompanied Casillas to the press conference. Garcia adds Casillas "broke down in tears" as he read his statement.
Casillas also neither mentioned nor referred to Perez during his press conference. He did not divulge any details of his Porto contract. He also did not take any questions from the media afterward, per ESPN FC.
Casillas joined Real Madrid's youth academy in 1990. He then joined Real's first team nine years later and promptly won five Primera Division titles. He won 17 major honors with the club during his 25-year stint, per Garcia.
As Spain's goalkeeper, Casillas won a World Cup and two European titles, per ESPN FC.
Real Madrid has been unsuccessful in finding an able replacement for Casillas, as it has been unable to sign Manchester United's David De Gea and Espanyol's Kiko Casilla, per ESPN FC.
Casillas will join Porto when it competes in next season's Champions League. Prior to committing to Porto, Casillas was reportedly being lured by Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce, Roma and Valencia, per Garcia.
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