‘The boos hurt but I want to be at Real Madrid for life’ – Casillas

The goalkeeper said he sometimes doubted the decision he made to stay and fight for his future but ultimately could not deal with the prospect of moving away from the Bernabeu

Iker Casillas admits he has been hurt after being on receiving end of whistles from some sections of the Bernabeu crowd, but says he remains desperate to stay at Real Madrid for the remainder of his career.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper has come through a difficult spell for Madrid after he was initially dropped as No.1 by former coach Jose Mourinho and accused of being a dressing room mole.

Casillas was linked with a departure from the club after Carlo Ancelotti upheld that decision in his first season in charge, but he ultimately stayed and has now regained his place to keep new arrival Keylor Navas out of the side following Diego Lopez’s exit.

But that decision and his subsequent performances have failed to convince some sections of the club’s support and the Spain shot stopper admits he has found the situation difficult.  

“It hurts to hear whistles,” he told Canal+. “I have been here since I was nine years old, I have done many things with this club and it has also been a springboard to the national team for me.

“The public are free to do what they want but it also hurts. Being here so long also means I have to accept certain things.

“Fans are demanding, I know it and accept it, but I have my little heart and it hurts when my Madridismo is questioned.

“I intend to end my career at Real Madrid. I do not like to imagine my life without this club.

“This is my home and I feel like I was raised here. When you are at the same club for life, you don’t always realise its real value but the moment you leave it for another you would value it more.”

Casillas admits there were several occasions where he considered leaving Spain for pastures new but was ultimately determined to fight for his future with the European champions.

“Yes, I had thought about leaving. I thought before about leaving Spain and Real Madrid,” he said.

“You do not want to disturb things or create a bad environment because you always want Madrid to win. It annoyed me when I would think it was better to leave, but then I said to myself ‘you have to compete, you have to fight’.

“These last two years have seen me fight and seen me struggle. There was a lot of talks about a bid from Arsenal, but nothing was there.There were no offers for me and I want to finish my career here.”

The 2013-14 season was a strange one for Casillas, who played in the successful Copa del Rey and Champions League competitions but was left out in favour of Lopez in La Liga.

The goalkeeper said he actually found the experience refreshing, even if it was a situation that could not last.

“When Ancelotti told me that I would just play ‘the cups’ I thought it would either be a very good year or a very bad year.

“In the end it went well. Last season I played less minutes and I enjoyed it a lot.”

Pique: I want to retire at Barcelona

The defender was linked to a move to Manchester United this summer but he insists he is happy where he is and wants to see out his career at Camp Nou

Gerard Pique has dismissed rumours of a possible departure from Barcelona, stating that he would be happy to spend the remainder of his career at Camp Nou.

The defender has been linked to a move away from the Catalan side after complaining that he has not been appreciated enough and has started just three of their seven La Liga games this season. Furthermore, he was left on the bench throughout the 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old was heavily linked to a return to Manchester United, but he insists he is happy at Camp Nou and could play out the rest of his career there.

“I love this club for its history, its style of play and its connection to Catalunya,” he said in an interview FourFourTwo.

“I love it here. I am at the best club in the world right now. I have no intention of leaving now or later. I’ve just signed a new contract and I want to retire a Blaugrana, just like Puyol did.

“You never know what the future holds, but right now, I love this city, I love the people in the club, and most importantly, I love the institution. I don’t see myself leaving.”

The World Cup and European Champioships winner was then asked to compare current Barca team-mate Xavi with former Manchester United colleague Paul Scholes, but he believes it is impossible to say which one is better.

Pique said: “You cannot make me choose between them! You could say Xavi because of international titles, but the two of them are technically amazing.”

Pique: I won't return to Manchester United

The centre-back has started just three of his side’s La Liga games this season but insists he is happy and wants to see out his career at Camp Nou instead of returning to Old Tr…

Gerard Pique has dismissed rumours of a possible return to Manchester United, stating that he would be happy to spend the remainder of his career with Barcelona.

The defender has been linked to a move away from the Catalan side after complaining that he has not been appreciated enough and has started just three of their seven La Liga games this season. Furthermore, he was left on the bench throughout the 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

However, the 27-year-old stopper was asked if he could return to Old Trafford in the near future, but he insists he is happy at Camp Nou and could play out the rest of his career there.

“I love this club for its history, its style of play and its connection to Catalunya,” he said in an interview FourFourTwo.

“I love it here. I am at the best club in the world right now. I have no intention of leaving now or later. I’ve just signed a new contract and I want to retire a Blaugrana, just like Puyol did.

“You never know what the future holds, but right now, I love this city, I love the people in the club, and most importantly, I love the institution. I don’t see myself leaving.”

The World Cup and European Champioships winner was then asked to compare current Barca team-mate Xavi with former Manchester United colleague Paul Scholes, but he believes it is impossible to say which one is better.

Pique said: “You cannot make me choose between them! You could say Xavi because of international titles, but the two of them are technically amazing.”

Hummels: I will only leave Dortmund for the right club

The defender is in no rush to leave his current club and has admitted that injuries have hurt BVB in the opening months of the season

Mats Hummels has stressed that he will not leave Borussia Dortmund for just any club with a bigger reputation than the Bundesliga side.

The Germany international, 25, has been linked with club such as Barcelona and Manchester United in recent months, but he has made it clear that he will only leave BVB if all the conditions are right.

“If a club with a bigger reputation than Dortmund were to make a move, but I don’t like the way they play football, I wouldn’t even consider a move,” Hummels was quoted as saying by Kicker.

“At Dortmund, the style of play is exactly like I want to play football.”

The centre-back, who has a contract with BVB until June 2018, then went on to admit that Dortmund’s start to the 2014-15 campaign has been disappointing, but argued that injuries have played a big role in their difficulties so far.

“After this weekend’s defeat versus Hamburg, you could say that we’ve really missed our start to the new season in Bundesliga,” the centre-half stated.

“You always go through phases like this, so we shouldn’t be driving ourselves crazy over it.

“In midfield alone, we are missing seven players due to injury. At some point, it’s impossible to cope with this bad luck.”

Dortmund currently sit 13th in the Bundesliga table with seven points from as many games.