Iker Casillas’s parents claim that the outgoing Real Madrid goalkeeper has been the victim of a smear campaign from president Florentino Perez and feel that he deserves to end his career at a bigger club than “second-tier” Porto.
It was confirmed on Saturday that a deal has been agreed that will see the veteran bring an end to his 25 years at the Santiago Bernabeu and move to the Portuguese side.
The transfer ends what has been a troublesome and pressure-filled couple of years for the Goal keeper and the parents blame the club chief.
“With previous presidents Lorenzo Sanz and Ramon Calderon, he was treated well,” they toldEl Mundo, “but Florentino Perez did not like him. This president has never loved him because he is short.
“Iker has endured things that have never been written about. He has endured psychological pressure and he has been treated differently from other players.
He has been vilified in the past five years and it has all been very unfair.”
His mother, Maria del Carmen Fernandez, added: “Florentino Perez is largely at fault for Iker leaving Real Madrid. Of course my son has had more offers but Florentino did not want him to go to a top team. He does not want Casillas to succeed.
“Porto is a team of the level of a Segunda Division B team and my son deserves a more upscale team, like Barcelona.
“A world champion cannot finish his career in Porto! I would not have minded if he went to Barcelona because they are gentlemen.”
Jose Luis Casillas feels that large parts of the media were working with Perez to undermine the legendary goalkeeper.
“This smear campaign was orchestrated by Florentino and had the support of several leading journalists and media since 2010,” he insisted.