Iker Casillas fall from grace has been remarkable, as it was not long ago that the Spanish international was considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the game. However, his international future is in major doubt after committing a series of mistakes at the World Cup 2014. He has also not been playing regularly for Real Madrid in the last two seasons. The situation is unlikely to improve even after helping the club win the Champions League last season. Casillas is widely expected to be on the verge of leaving Madrid with Arsenal showing an interest in him.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper has reportedly been told by Madrid that he can leave the club next summer. Casillas still has a contract with the club until 2016, but being one of the iconic players at the club, he may be allowed to leave one a free as a goodwill gesture. This would allow Arsenal to bring in the 33-year-old goalkeeper, but his reported wage demands could put off the gunners. He is reportedly thought to be demanding close to £ 140,000 per week. Arsenal do not pay this amount of money even for some of the strikers at the club and they could very well decide to back out of the deal.
Casillas, though, will have no trouble finding a new club since he is still rated as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. Spain manager Vicente del Bosque said that Casillas committing mistakes is primarily due to the lack of regular football. Diego Lopez has been the first choice goalkeeper for Madrid. Last season, he made only 24 appearances in all competitions compared to the 37 appearances for Lopez. Casillas was able to make a decent number of appearances primarily because Real Madrid reached the final of both the Copa del Rey and Champions League.