Former Sky Sports La Liga expert Guillem Balague saying we will basically buy out his contract.
Reports vary over his wage, somewhere between £30-50k a week, either way when you consider Newcastle wanted £4mil for Karl Darlow and Villa paid £7mil for Kalanic before wages then thats pretty good business.
18month contract, £30k a week is only just over £2.3million.
Even at the top end its £3.9 mil.
Less then the transfer fees for both Darlow and Kalinic.
Experienced keeper, not worried that he has been Real Madrids back up.
Real Madrid decided he was good enough for them based on his performances for Espanyol, that shows talent surely?
He has a Spanish international appearance.
Made enough appearances for Madrid to have 3 Champions league medals and a La Liga medal.
Being good enough to sign for Madrid and kick a ball for them is impressive in its own right.
Being signed as one of there options after Legendary keeper Casillas left is another compliment.
In the 14/15 season he completed more successful aerial claims then any other La Liga keeper for Espanyol.
Also that season only 1 keeper made more saves.
Previously linked clubs include Arsenal when he was at Espanyol and only a few months ago Seville
Thats what i read in a scout report that was done just after he signed for Madrid, so presumably based on his time at Espanyol.
If he can command his area and doesnt have biscuit wrists then thats good enough for me
Thought that but apparently Courtois is only out for another week, will only miss the game on Wednesday that he wouldn't have played in anyway (cup game).
So maybe Madrid feel they can get by without Casilla for 1 game?
Best starting 11 - Meslier - Dallas - White - Berardi - Davis - Phillips - Hernandez - Klich* - Harrison - Gotts - Costa
WHilst anyone can be made to look good on a youtube clip it does show that he seems to have decent reflexes and also looks comfortable with long shots. Not really much evidence on crosses but Spanish game isn't really about aerial crosses.
You've got someone as respected as Guillem Balague saying "He needs a run of games to shake off any rustiness but excellent modern Gk".
You've got the likes of Liverpool apparently trying to sign him when he was at Espanyol, but Casilla wanted to move back to his boyhood club so went to Madrid.
Arsenal to held an interest in him during that time.
Seville tried to get him just last summer and Newcastle have held an interest to, Rafa is a known admirer he was Madrid manager when Casilla returned to Madrid.
It was also Bielsa lover Poch who first gave Kiko a chance at Espanyol.
And he was good enough for one of the greatest players of all time and one of the most successful managers in the modern era Zinedine Zidane to keep him in his squad, play him when needed, and presumably Kiko didnt make a fool of himself at training everyday with Ronaldo, Kroos, Modric, Zidane himself etc.
So if he didnt look out of place in Real Madrid's training sessions and he had the confidence of some of the best players in the world there then i think we are ok.
“He was quick on his reactions. He saved a lot of points, became one of the stars at Espanyol. He’s perhaps the first generation of Spanish goalkeepers who are complete players. In my mind he was one of the early ones who seemed comfortable playing with the ball, especially with his right foot.
He was strong enough in aerial balls, but I feel every keeper that goes to England has to deal with this. What would be a foul anywhere else in the world won’t be given in England.
“You’ll see him in the line-up soon. He’s intelligent, he knows what the team requires. He made it to the national side, I’d say he’s one of the top five Spanish keepers. If he hadn’t taken the comfort route of Real Madrid he would be playing for a top-five Spanish side.”
Guillem Balague on Kiko Casilla.
Also Guillem is a Espanyol fan so he is speaking as a fan who watched Casilla for his club.
Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea keeper.
Sergio Rico who was Seville 1st choice last few seasons now at Fulham.
To be top 5 basically means aside from the 4 World class goalies Casilla is the best.
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He hasn't kicked anyone in the head either.
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