Iker Casillas seals emotional return to Real Madrid as advisor to President Florentino Perez … five years after legendary goalkeeper left after bitter feud with club chief
- Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas returns to the club as an advisor
- Casillas will partner with President Florentino Perez in his surprising new role
- The pair had endured a heated word war after Casillas left in 2015
- But the 39-year-old and the club chief seem to have fixed all the differences
Iker Casillas has sealed an emotional return to Real Madrid and will be working with club chairman Florentino Perez, according to reports.
The legendary goalkeeper was expected to officially announce retirement in the near future after a long and trophy-laden career and will now take his first steps off the field at his former home.
But the new capacity, which was revealed by Marca, will come as a surprise after Casillas left the club in the summer of 2015 amid a heated word war with Perez.
Iker Casillas returns to Real Madrid to act as an advisor to club president Florentino Perez
The move comes as a surprise after Perez and Casillas endured heavy rainfall in 2015
Casillas will suitably hang his boots at the end of the campaign after both Porto and Real have achieved their respective league titles.
And his extensive experience fighting for silverware in the highest echelons of the game can help provide him with priceless value to Real Supremo Perez in the run-up to what could prove to be a tough summer for the club.
The bitter consequences between the two led Casillas to leave with limited fanfare, in a move that infuriated supporters.
Casillas is expected to retire at the end of a season in which Porto and Real Madrid won titles
He announced his departure from Real in 2015 at a press conference without club officials
The 39-year-old tearfully announced that he was leaving at a news conference, which he would lead alone and without any representative of the club.
His teammates had traveled to Australia for a pre-season tour, but Perez did not attend the media meeting, despite being in the Spanish capital at the time.
The widening gap between the club’s chief and Casillas got even worse after withering the parents’ comments from the iconic stop.
They claimed that their son was ‘vilified’ and forced out due to Perez’s preference for taller players.
Casillas’ parents claimed that their son was forced out due to Perez’s preference for bigger players
The legendary goalkeeper won five LaLiga titles and three Champions League trophies at Real
But after what appears to be his last season with Porto, Casillas will reunite with the 73-year-old businessman.
He made his oldest Bernabeu defeat at the age of 18 in 1999 and then went on to enjoy 16 successful seasons with the club.
Casillas won five LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, four Super Cups and also won three Champions League victories.