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Florentino Pérez: "De Gea belongs to Manchester United, we have nothing to talk about"

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Real Madrid's President spoke and bid farewell to Iker Casillas.

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Pérez stated that Casillas himself asked for a way out.

Casillas asked us to leave, we wanted him to retire at Real Madrid but he received an offer from FC Porto and wanted to go there. We always had a good relationship and many reports published throughout these days are false. I have a lot of affection for Iker, contrary to what some people report. He always led by example and nothing changed.

He also criticized the fans' whistles towards Casillas during the last few years.

I've always said that I don't understand why some fans whistle our players. Our players deserve respect and they are part of our history. Casillas deserves respect from our fans. Those who called Casillas "mole" will miss him in the future.

Pérez admitted that the club could've arranged this ceremony way better.

Some people always try to take advantage from anything to hurt my position or hurt Real Madrid, no matter what happens. But this doesn't mean we've taken care of everything well. It's true that we thought about doing this ceremony with our players, but they had to leave to Australia.

Florentino did not want to talk about Casillas' replacement.

We are not thinking about our signings right now. De Gea belongs to Manchester United and we have nothing to talk about here. It will be impossible to replace Casillas because they will not be here for 25 years, that's why we will remember Casillas as a legend.