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Liverpool and Newcastle set to launch raid for Porto’s Spanish legend Iker Casillas

Veteran keeper left to stew on the bench in Portugal as 24-year-old Jose Sa takes over from World Cup winner

Spanish World Cup legend Iker Casillas has been linked to Liverpool and Newcastle.

Casillas, 36, is currently unable to get a game for FC Porto.

Iker Casillas finds himself on the bench at FC Porto

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Iker Casillas finds himself on the bench at FC Porto

He has been on the bench while Jose Sa, 24, has been picked instead of the Real Madrid icon.


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Casillas took to Instagram to register his obvious disappointment after being dropped for last week’s Champions League game against RB Leipzig.

There was talk that Casillas is being punished for using his mobile phone during training.

But Porto manager Sergio Conceicao insists the veteran keeper is out of favour for tactical reasons.

Pensando en @uefachampionsleague … 🤔💬

A post shared by Iker Casillas (@ikercasillas) on

Happier times as Casillas lifts the La Liga trophy with Real Madrid

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Happier times as Casillas lifts the La Liga trophy with Real Madrid

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been criticised for refusing to replace Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

Both keepers have failed to inspire confidence in a defence that has leaked goals ever since the German left Borussia Dortmund for Anfield.

But the link with Newcastle is slightly surprising given that Rob Elliot has turned in some strong performances this season.

Jose Sa in action for Portugal Under-21s against England Under-21s

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Jose Sa in action for Portugal Under-21s against England Under-21s

Simon Mignolet has long been criticised at Liverpool

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Simon Mignolet has long been criticised at Liverpool

Karius Loris has not fared much better in the Liverpool goal

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Karius Loris has not fared much better in the Liverpool goal

Rob Elliot is enjoying a decent season at Newcastle

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Rob Elliot is enjoying a decent season at Newcastle

Casillas is under contract to Porto until next summer.

He is the highest earner at the club on around £450,000 a year.


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