Iker Casillas seals Real Madrid return, Man City targeting two La Liga center backs, and more news

The Real Madrid legend spent 25 years at Los Blancos before joining Portuguese giants FC Porto in a free transfer during the summer of 2015.

Iker Casillas has sealed his return to Real Madrid and will work directly under club president Florentino Perez, reports Spanish news outlet Marca.

Los Blancos legend was expected to announce his retirement from playing days in the coming days after a trophy-laden career during which he won every major trophy possible at the club and national level.

His new role at the club as advisor to Perez will surely come as a surprise for the Real Madrid faithful who had witnessed the acrimonious circumstances in which he had bid his farewell to the club in the summer of 2015.

Casillas had announced his departure from Real in a press conference that wasn’t attended by any of the club’s officials. The widening chasm between the stopper and Perez was revealed by the goalkeeper’s parents who blamed their son’s departure on Perez’ preference for taller players.

Iker Casillas seals Real Madrid return
The Spaniard had left Real Madrid in 2015 (Image Copyright: imago images / Agencia EFE xRodrigoxJimenezx)

Top News 2: Man City targeting two La Liga center backs

Man City targeting two La Liga center backs
Image Copyright: imago images / Alterphotos

The 2018/19 Premier League champions are in the market for a center-back that could strengthen their defense and help fill the gap created by the departure of Vincent Kompany last summer.

Manchester City are plotting summer moves for Atletico Madrid center-half Jose Gimenez and Sevilla center-back Diego Carlos, according to El Desmarque.

Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to retain the Premier League title for third season in a row this campaign after neither Jon Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi stepped up their game. The defensive duo was criticized by all and sundry for their performances and might soon find themselves on the bench.

Their pursuit of the La Liga center backs makes sense as both of them belong to sides that are known for their defensive solidity. Gimenez is part of an Atletico Madrid side that is famous for its ability to stop opposition attackers from putting the ball into their net.

Carlos, meanwhile, emanates from a Sevilla side that has let in only 34 goals in 37 La Liga appearances so far this season. The capture of both/either would surely strengthen the City back four and might help them stop the Liverpool juggernaut next season.


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Top News 3: Andre Schurrle retires at 29

The German World Cup winner who won trophies during his club career in England and Germany has decided to hang his boots once and for all.

Andre Schurrle, the striker who won the FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014, has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 29-year-old spent the last season of his professional career with Russian outfit Spartak Moscow and had become a free-agent after canceling his contract with his parent side Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.

He reportedly took him €2.5million in compensation for the final year of his contract that would have earned him over €7m in wages and bonuses.

Apart from winning the World Cup in his playing days, the former Germany international also helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2015.


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