Areola eager to follow in Casillas’ footsteps at Real Madrid

Alphonse Areola is intent on making the most of his opportunity at Real Madrid as he looks to emulate his goalkeeping idol Iker Casillas.

France international Areola is on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain to Madrid, with Keylor Navas heading in the opposite direction.

The 26-year-old is likely to back up Thibaut Courtois, who has started in Madrid’s opening three LaLiga outings.

Areola acknowledged it will be a tough task to oust the Belgian as number one yet revealed the chance to join Madrid was too good to turn down, citing Los Blancos’ iconic former goalkeeper Casillas as an influence on his decision.

“I have spoken to my friends and family about what it means to be number one in this side,” Areola told a news conference when asked about following in Casillas’ footsteps.

“Casillas was one of my idols when I was young in France, he made me want to play in goal. In fact, I’ve got a shirt of his from when I was young.

“I think it’s good to try and take on this responsibility to be number one and try and prove I can be number one.

“It’s true, I only have one year on loan here, but I’ve seen the stadium, the history here and I’m going to do as much as I possibly can.

“Of course, there’s a hierarchy already but as soon as I get the chance I’m going to try and show the level I’ve got.

“It was a good opportunity to come to the biggest club in the world and take advantage of that, to improve as a player and discover a new opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Areola added another deciding factor in his transfer was Zinedine Zidane, with the goalkeeper honoured to be playing under a France legend.

“It is true I am coming to a club that is coached by a legend,” he said. “It is an honour for me to be here with Zidane, to play under him, and I am going to do the best I can for him.

“He’s given me a great welcome. My objective is to give everything I can every day in training, be ready for every game. When I have a chance to show my level, show how good I can be, I have to be strong and show what I am worth.”

Areola is set to be in Zidane’s squad for Saturday’s meeting with Levante, before Madrid travel to Paris for a Champions League clash with his former club.

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45 Thoughts to “Areola eager to follow in Casillas’ footsteps at Real Madrid”

    1. Mustapha Tunde

      Areola ready to follow the footsteps Of cassillas in Real Madrid

      1. Reginald Elejere

        Yes. He is ready to do that

  1. oladele Samuel

    it great like that

  2. Godwin Oyetunde

    It’s gonna be a nice move

  3. Siyanbade Afisat

    U can surely be

  4. Adegunwa Adeola Victoria


  5. abiodun akindele Daniel

    Then you have a Lot of work to do

  6. Izukanne Chimuanya

    Alphonse Areola

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    1. Franklin Nneji Okere

      What an amazing decision.

  8. Emmanuel Taiwo


  9. Theophilus Nwanga

    I love that

  10. Temitope Temmy

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  11. okiemute emmanuel

    That will be great

  12. Iyanuoluwa Eniola

    Real Madrid as he looks to emulate his goalkeeping idol Iker Casillas

  13. Gloria Nwanga

    Good decision but alot of work is needed

  14. Ihiegbule Henry

    It’s gonna be a wonderful move

  15. Oremuyiwa Oladapo

    That’s nice

  16. Nkiruka Umetali

    do your things

  17. Aikhoje Solomon

    Casillas is indeed a club legend and a great goalkeeper. I’ll love to see how Areola would take his chances at Madrid cuz they’ll definitely come

  18. David Oladotun

    He’s a good mentor


    Good luck with dat

  20. Nancy Christopher

    let’s hope it will be a good one

  21. Chidera Obulu

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  22. Joesmart Chukwu

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