Soccer Prop Picks on De Gea & Casillas: Who Will Goaltend for Real Madrid

Lee Phelps

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:50 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 19, 2015 2:50 PM UTC

The goalkeeping situation at Real Madrid continues to rumble on, so we asked William Hill's Lee Phelps to look at the situation and the odds around it.

Barcelona’s treble is still sending shockwaves through Real Madrid and the Spanish giants must be wondering what they can do to win any of the three trophies from their biggest rivals.

New manager Rafa Benitez will want to strengthen the squad and one area they are clearly looking is defence.

Right back Danilo has already signed, for £27 million, and the rumour mill has been in overdrive about David De Gea moving from Manchester United to Madrid, where his girlfriend lives. The bookies make him a 1.06 shot to make that switch, so it looks like a done deal.

The press will have us believe the 24-year-old has issued an ultimatum over Iker Casillas, saying he wants the Madrid legend to leave to guarantee he is first choice. That sounds crazy to me. Let’s just assess what Casillas has done:

In 2008 he was the captain of the Spanish team that won their first European Championship in 44 years, the Spanish team that went on to win Spain's first World Cup a tournament in which he won the Golden Glove and the 2012 European Championship.

Having won the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Award for a record five consecutive years, he is considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. At the end of 2012 he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for the sixth consecutive time. As of 2011 Casillas is one of a very select group of players who have won all major club and national championship titles. On 19 October 2010, Casillas became the goalkeeper with most appearances of all time in the UEFA Champions League and in November 2011, he became the most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team.  With over 150 caps for his national team, Casillas is the third captain in football history to lift the World Cup trophy, the Champions League trophy and the European Championship trophy, after Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps.

Now, why would De Gea have issued an ultimatum like that? The answer? He won’t have, it’s paper talk, so the 1.33 on him staying at Madrid with De Gea is about right from the soccer odds makers.

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