Rafa Benitez Now Likely To Sign Goalkeeper Target Next Month

There is news in Spanish publication Marca that Real Madrid are on the verge of signing 23-year-old
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (known as Kepa), who received his first cap for Spain last month in the 5-0 win against Costa Rica.

The current number two goalkeeper at Real Madrid is Kiko Casilla who will now lose that spot and become the number three choice at the club.

Newcastle were linked with a move for Kiko Casilla in the summer since Rafa was the man who signed the 31-year-old goalkeeper back in 2015 when he was then the Real Madrid manager.

Rafa seems to be wanting a new number one goalkeeper at the club with the performances of Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow only being mediocre this season.

Kiko Casilla – Real Madrid goalkeeper

And it would not be a surprise if the Newcastle manager now tries to sign the 6ft 3ins tall Spanish goalkeeper next month.

Rafa could sign Casilla on loan to give Kiko some games and could make the move permanent if Kiko does well in the Premier League.

The Marca report says that Casilla is thinking seriously about his future because whereas he got games as the number two goalkeeper – that will now be difficult when he’s number three choice.

Casilla is a talented goalkeeper and seems to be available next month.

It will be interesting to see if Rafa brings in another Spanish player next month – this time a goalkeeper.

Casilla has played 36 times for the Real Madrid first team in the two and a half seasons he’s been at Madrid and has one full Spanish cap.

He came through the Youth Academy at Real as a teenager, before seeking pastures new in 2007 when he joined Espanyol.

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6 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Surprise surprise
    Australia in control after
    day one of the 4th test

  • toontaff2

    Dec 26, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    The good news is citeh are at full strength, so no excuses when we beat ’em 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 26, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Well if it wasn’t for that signed photo of Rafa on his dartboard, I mean mantlepiece, one would really think that Munster couldn’t stand the sight of our control freak, ultra defensive, cold hearted and outdated manager and would much rather Nigel Pearson was in charge.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 26, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Munster once visited Cardiff and Newport, and is honorary president of the Tony Pulis fan club 😉
    Or should that be ornery president ❓

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 26, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    The record for consecutive wins in Europes top five leagues is 19 by Bayern Munich in 2013/14 under…… Pep Guardiola.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 26, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Darlow and Elliott need to be sold as neither good enough, new keeper with Woodman as back up..


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