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Casillas considering MLS stint

December 11, 2012
By ESPN staff

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has suggested he may finish his career in America if the pressure of playing in Spain becomes too much to handle.

Iker Casillas has urged Real Madrid fans to keep the faith despite poor La Liga form this season
GettyImagesIker Casillas could play out his career in the MLS

Casillas, 31, has openly signalled his intentions to not look for a new deal at the Bernabeu when he comes off contract in 2017, citing the scrutiny he faces as a telling factor in his decision.

But while the Spaniard is eager to remain a one club player, he could use the MLS as a way to ease into retirement.

"I would like to retire with Madrid, but if the critics are fierce when I am 31, imagine what they will be like when I am 37," he told La Sexta. "I would like to play out my football in the future in a more relaxed environment and if I have to play somewhere else then it would be for a team that would not come into direct competition with Real Madrid. For example, in the USA, which I love."

Casillas also revealed that he expects Real manager Jose Mourinho to remain with the club, amid speculation that he is set to make a return to England. 

"I know nothing of his future, I have not spoken to him," Casillas said. "If the club asked him to extend his contract [last May] then it is because they want him to stay.

"He is very professional, very demanding. He finds out about every opponent, from Alcoyano in the cup to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. I cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Mourinho, he has said that he is planning for the next pre-season."

Real face Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday night.