Former stopper rules out move for Madrid ‘keeper.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has ruled out making a bid for Real Madrid’s out of favour goalkeeper Iker Casillas, but insisted that the player’s reputation with his club must be respected, Inside Futbol reports.
The current La Liga champions are still searching for a replacement for long standing custodian Victor Valdes who is set to depart at the end of the season, but their plans may have to be sped up after he was ruled out with an injury.
However, despite the club being in desperate need for another world class shot stopper, Zubizarreta ruled out the possibility of swooping in for the World Cup winner currently marooned in Madrid.
“Iker Casillas is a symbol of Real Madrid and he deserves our respect”, the Barcelona official said.
“Real Madrid surely know what Casillas means for them. No, I did not have the temptation to make a move for Casillas.”
Players have moved between the two clubs in the past, with the most furious reaction coming when Portuguese superstar Luis Figo left Catalonia for the capital in 2000. The reaction was one of outrage and when the two sides met not long after all manner of objects, including a pig’s head, was thrown onto the pitch.
Though it remains to be seen what reaction Casillas’ move, in the unlikely event that it should happen, would bring.