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Real Madrid are scouring the market to find a successor to their enigmatic goalkeeper Iker Casillas. And the Spanish champions have identified Kasper Schmeichel, son of former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel, for the challenging position.
The 25 year-old graduated from Manchester Cityâ€™s youth academy and played for Notts County and Leeds United before joining Leicester City in 2011. The former Danish youth international has become indispensable for the club and was voted Leicesterâ€™s Player of the Season last term.
The Daily Star revealed that Real boss Jose Mourinho has directed goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro to search for a potential successor to Casillas and the Portuguese coach has shown a keen interest in Schmeichel. Real Zaragozaâ€™s Roberto and Osasunaâ€™s Andres Fernandez are also being considered for the massive responsibility at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real could convince Schmeichel to join the Spanish giants next summer, when he will have just one year on his contract with Leicester. However, with Mourinho planning to groom a new keeper for the job, Casillas could be compelled to move out from the Spanish capital and Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City would be prepared to make a move for the unsettled Spanish captain next summer.
The decision to sell Casillas is likely to be a hugely unpopular one though, and Mourinho would need to be wary of a backlash from the fans should he tempt fate.
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