REAL MADRID | GARAY & CASILLA
Ezequiel Garay Madrid’s preferred target if Ramos goes
The Zenit defender, who played at Real Madrid in 2008 and 2009, could be brought back to the Spanish giants.
Two well-known faces for the Real Madrid fans, Ezequiel Garay and Kiko Casilla, are the back-up plan for the club. The defender and goal-keeper are in prime position to be brought into the squad, depending on the eventual outcomes of the major transfer stories of the summer.
The Zenit defender is now the club’s number one target if Sergio Ramos does in the end leave the Bernabéu. Meanwhile goalkeeper Casilla could end up at Real Madrid, but only if Iker Casillas does leave (which looks fairly likely) and the club fails to sign David De Gea (something Florentino Pérez no doubt doesn’t even contemplate).
Both have of course played at Real Madrid before: Garay, now 28, was signed from Racing in 2008, though he stayed at the selling club on loan for a season. When he finally arrived in 2009 his dream move didn’t go to plan. In the first of his two seasons he played 23 games, in the second just eight. In 2011 he left for Benfica, who stumped up 5.5. million euros for him. He was a regular starter and worked his way back into the Argentinean side. Last summer Zenit coughed up six million euros for him.
Kiko Casilla came into Real Madrid’s youth set-up from Nastic and never made his debut with the first team. In 2007 after two years with few chances in the ‘B’ side, Castilla, he left for Espanyol, where he played second fiddle to the incredible Kameni. He went on loan to Cádiz and Cartagena, before returning to Barcelona, making the Espanyol goal his own and becoming one of the Liga’s outstanding keepers.