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As Iker Casillas gets the cold shoulder in the Real Madrid squad, El Loco feels that the Spaniard should leave the club to get first-team football.


Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas is pretty frustrated of not seeing action in Real Madrid nowadays.

The 32-year-old, already a legend at the Bernabeu, has even stated he might leave the club in January if he cannot regain his regular spot from Diego Lopez.

This is the toughest time of his illustrious career, indeed.

To add salt on the wound, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says Casillas has to fight for his place in his team against the likes of Victor Valdes, Pepe Reina and even the young David De Gea.

This means Casillas, also known as 'El Gato' or 'The Cat', is in danger of even missing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next year.

He has to see more action as to get that fighting chance of playing, perhaps, his last World Cup appearance.

But this is not happening at Real.

Casillas, also nicknamed 'San Iker', seems to have no choice but to leave to a club who will give him that fighting chance to be the No. 1 for Spain.

With his talent and vast experience, the World Cup and European championship winner should not have problems in getting a club - be it at home or abroad.

Never mind the age factor, as at times, a goalkeeper can play until 40.

Without playing competitively, Casillas will be 'rusty' to handle such an important and specialised role of a goalkeeper.

The 6ft 1in Casillas was born on May 20, 1981 and has been loyal to Real all the way but things have not been good for him in the last nine months.

Casillas started off with Real when he joined their youth system in 1991. He made his senior debut in 1999 at the age of just 18.

He has made 476 appearances for Real since then and won La Liga titles five times. He won the Champions League medal twice, as well.

And interestingly, Casillas was just four days after his 19th birthday when Real beat Valencia 3-0 in the Champions League final in 2000.

That made him the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in a final of this elite European competition.

Casillas made his debut Spain in 2000 at only 19. He has made 151 appearances to be the most capped player of all time for the reigning world and European champions.

Well, another Real superstar Karim Benzema admits he is experiencing the "toughest time" of his career this season.

The striker is struggling to find his form and has not been scoring, which is his main job. He has also been criticised in the process.

But he has not given up hope, yet.

"I've had 10 good days for France (international duty) because there were a lot of eyes on me. I'm coming through the toughest period in my career, but I've always believed in myself. I've never given up, and I never will give up," he said.

Benzema, like Casillas, should consider leaving the Bernabeu if things do not get better soon. Big clubs in England, among others, are watching his progress with interest.

Meanwhile, Real legendary striker Santillana believes Benzema needs to be withdrawn from the frontline.

Santillana does not believe Benzema can fight through his current form slump.

"Benzema's head is not really in the game. Maybe he's not what Real need right now, but we need to get his confidence back," the 61-year-old told Marca.

"He does not have a fighter's personality, but even if he does look a little timid, I'm sure we'll see the best side of him again."