The Chelsea midfielder believes the goalkeeper could struggle outside of La Liga but insists he will always defend him for what he has achieved in his career

Cesc Fabregas has warned Iker Casillas that he will find life away from Real Madrid very difficult if he decides to leave the club.

The three time Champions League winner has been linked to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu over the last year, having become the subject of criticism from fans and media alike.

However, Fabregas says he will always defend the goalkeeper for everything he has achieved at club and national team level, but admits that, at 33-years-old, he could struggle to adapt to life outside of Madrid.

“I have defended Iker many times,” he told Cope. “And deservedly so because I feel really sorry for him. If I have to, I will again without hesitation.

“He is a great captain, a great person, a great friend and a great footballer. There isn’t much else to say, just look everything he has done for the national team and Real Madrid.

“He is a legend at Madrid, he has been there forever. A move would be a very difficult step for him, I was younger when I moved to England, so it was different.

“Madrid and Barcelona are worldwide and the biggest clubs in the world in all senses. Taking a step into another league or another team is difficult.

“There are times in life that change is good and others that it is not. He has to decide what is best for him.”