Iker Casillas has signed a contract extension with FC Porto, just 12 days before his contract was set to expire, extending his stay at the club into the 3rd season. Casillas was visibly buoyant even at the age of 36 to have signed a contract extension, and this is what he had to say following the signing:
"I am extremely happy to stay here for one more year. It's amazing to be linked to a fantastic club and city, both of which welcomed me from day one. There were rumours that I would leave, but I always intended to stay. Fortunately, I was able to do so, and I am happy for it.
When I got to FC Porto, three years ago, the intention was to win the maximum number of titles possible. My arrival coincided with a less fortunate period for the club, but now that we got this important title, we need to enjoy it.
And, at the same time, we need to start thinking of the coming season and the goal is to surpass what we did this year. We have the title in mind, as we have other national competitions, which are also important for a club as prestigious as is FC Porto."
Casillas left Real Madrid in 2015, after winning the UnaDecima and decided to join FC Porto in a bid to continue playing in the Champions League. He became an instant first choice at the club, but midway last season, a dip in form and a string of mistakes meant he was resigned to the bench in favour of Jose Sa.
Casillas quickly regained his form back and proved in training that he still had what it takes to be a first choice goalkeeper at the highest level, and it was his form which was one of the major factors in a successful League season under Sergio Conceição.
Casillas will be celebrating his 37th birthday this Sunday and the new contract coupled with FC Porto's league title and subsequent qualification into the Champions League means that he can stretch his lead for most Champions League appearances with Cristiano Ronaldo being the only currently active player in the top 4, 20 appearances behind.