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No regrets over Real Madrid exit: Casillas

39Iker Casillas insists he has no regrets over the manner of his Real Madrid exit and says he will “never speak ill” of the club or its current president, Florentino Perez.

Casillas came through the youth ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu and spent a total of 25 years with Los Blancos before joining Porto this summer.

However, the Spain international left under a cloud after announcing his departure at a press conference without a single Madrid official in attendance.

The club were immediately criticised for a perceived lack of respect for one of their longest servants and Perez promptly summoned the media to the Bernabeu for another press conference the following day in order to give Casillas an official send-off.

It has been claimed the goalkeeper was forced out because of a turbulent couple of seasons in which he was dropped by former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho for allegedly leaking stories to the press.

He was then accused of holding the club to ransom while negotiating a pay-off before his move to Porto, but Casillas says he has moved on from the episode.

“I do not care [about being accused of being a mole in the Real dressing room],” the 34-year-old told Papel. “I will never speak ill of Madrid or its president.

“Too many things were said from outside [when he was benched by Mourinho]. At the time, I preferred to keep quiet because at no point did I want to hurt my club.

“And there were others … talking about me, not for me … but I do not regret anything.

“This was the farewell I had. No more, no less. I will not look back or compare it with other players. It was mine and that’s how it was.”