34 year-old Iker Casillas began his career in Real Madrid’s youth system and made his first appearance for the first team back in 1999 as an 18 year-old and since then he played 725 times for the Real Madrid first team and he so far has made 166 appearances for the Spain National side.
Last summer he left Madrid and signed on at Porto, just after Rafa Benitez arrived as manager and he has played 20 times for the Portuguese side.
Iker recently met up with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who managed Real Madrid from June of last year through early January when he was fired.
Iker has said the famous Madrid club is a difficult club to manage – so that’s not unlike Newcastle.
Iker Casillas – 725 appearances for Real Madrid
166 appearances for Spain
Rafa was born in Madrid in 1960 and was at the club as a young player from 1974 through 1981.
In 1986 when he was 26, Benitez returned to Real Madrid to join the club’s coaching staff and at the start of the 1986–87 season, he was appointed the manager of Castilla B.
So Rafa has been in coaching for 30 years!
This is what the Spanish legendary goalkeeper has told El Laguero:
“Real’s a difficult club. It’s not good when a coach leaves,” “The decision is taken in the search for what is best.
“I feel sorry for Rafa. I spoke with him in Madrid.” “He didn’t suggest I wasn’t going to play and he knew I was talking to the club about leaving.”
“He was worried about me. I spoke to him recently and shared memories of the club.”
If Rafa stays at Newcastle at the end of the season, we may be able to get a couple of Real’s young players on loan next season, since he will have a number of contacts with his home town club.
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