Iker Casillas has voiced disappointment about the manner in which he left Real Madrid five years ago.
“I gave a press conference alone, a mistake, and I left. 5 years have passed since then. 5 years have passed since I reached the border that took me to our neighbouring country: Portugal,” Casillas posted on Instagram.
“I wanted to be thinking something else again. To get a fresh climate, to give up being too urgently open and to trying to change,” he said. “Both players and friends want to improve. So, for that you have to develop both the physical and the emotional hand. This was necessary for the latter. I noticed that again in Porto.”
In the early hours of Sunday, Casillas posted his message followed by an image of himself from his final match for Madrid, a 7-3 win over Getafe on 23 May 2015.
He vowed to return to Real Madrid eventually: “I have never thought about quitting Real Madrid.”