Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez insists he is happy with his current goalkeeping options amid continued speculation linking the club with Manchester United star David de Gea. United manager Louis van Gaal has accepted De Gea wants to leave Old Trafford and told a press conference on Thursday the complicated situation between the player and the club is benefiting no one, BBC Sport report.
Real meanwhile have made use of both their current goalkeepers in their preseason campaign with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla each playing a half in Thursday's (30 July) friendly with AC Milan. Benitez was inevitably asked about van Gaal's comments after the game, telling reporters: "That is a question for van Gaal and for De Gea. We have a good team and we have to work with them. If someone else comes along then we will welcome then but they have to be better than what we have," AS report.
Casilla, a former Real Madrid youth player who rejoined the club from Espanyol earlier this summer, will have helped his cause immeasurably with a sublime performance against Milan. After coming on in the second half the Spaniard produced a string of impressive saves to keep the score tied at 0-0, before converting what turned out to be the winning penalty himself as the Spanish giants won 10-9 in the shootout.
Casilla's performance won him widespread praise from the Spanish media, with AS placing him on their front cover lauding his impressive start to life at the club.
"Keylor played in the first half and Kiko played after the restart," Benitez continued. "I had a great goalkeeper in the first half and a really good one in the second half. We have another goalkeeper [Fernando Pacheco] waiting on the bench."
Should de Gea remain at Old Trafford this season, van Gaal has indicated he too will have a challenge in retaining the no. 1 spot following the signing of Argentina international Sergio Romero.