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Iker Casillas Will Not Be Coming To Chicago

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper has opted to stay at FC Porto for another season

FC Porto v Feirense - Primeira Liga Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Of all the transfer rumors involving the Chicago Fire, the scuttlebutt surrounding Iker Casillas has been one of the most hotly debated. A summer transfer to Chicago was still on the table as recently as last month, and with the Fire losing out on other targets there was speculation that the club might try to make San Iker a priority. Not all Fire fans were enthusiastic about the idea, and even we had our doubts on whether this would be a net good for the Men In Red.

It’s all a moot point now.

Earlier today FC Porto announced that Casillas had signed a one-year contract extension. Casillas, who helped lead Porto to their 28th league title this season, took a pay cut in order to remain in Portugal.

Soon after Porto secured the title earlier this month, the 36-year-old former Real Madrid keeper indicated that while he was keeping his options open, staying at Porto was his preference.

“I want to keep playing football and if Porto knock on my door I’ll welcome it with open arms,” Casillas said.

So there you have it. Given Richard Sanchez’ recent improved form, it’s probably for the best. There are other transfer targets that are a better use of resources.