Porto keeper Iker Casillas is to leave the Portuguese side in January and will tell the club of his decision in the coming days, according to a report in national sports daily A Bola.
The former Real Madrid stopper has been relegated to the bench by Porto coach Sergio Conçeiçao in favour of José Sá and is intent on seeking his fortune elsewhere in the winter market. Casillas is out of contract at the Estádio do Dragão in June and will be free to talk to other European clubs as of the start of the new year.
Rafa Benítez keen on Casillas
It is unlikely Casillas would view a return to LaLiga in a positive light but he does have other options on the table. Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez has expressed an interest in taking the World Cup-winner to St James’ Park and he will probably not be short of offers from MLS and China.
Until he was dropped by Conçeiçao, Casillas had been in decent form, conceding just six times in 10 games in the Primeira Liga and Champions League, with eight wins, a 0-0 domestic draw against Sporting and a single 3-1 defeat to Besiktas as Porto qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. During that run, Casillas kept seven clean sheets.