Spain international plans to retire at 39

Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas made his Real Madrid debut in 1999. Photo: PA

Iker Casillas has revealed his his dream is to retire at Real Madrid at the age of 39, having spent three decades with the Spanish giants.

The 31-year-old Spain captain today marked the 13th anniversary of his first-team debut for Madrid, which came in 1999 against Athletic Bilbao.

Since then Casillas has played 630 official matches for Madrid - the fourth highest in the club's history - and won a host of trophies, including two Champions League and five Primera Division titles. He has also won the World Cup and back-to-back European Championships with Spain.

Looking to the future, goalkeeper Casillas told his club's official website: "It would be a dream come true and a real joy to finish my career at a club where I had the privilege of starting out when I was just nine.

"I have a contract until I'm 36 and my dream is to finish when I'm 39.

"I'm also aware that it gets more difficult all the time, you have more demands on you, there are always those who set the bar higher and the people don't allow you to fall below that. It's an added responsibility for me."

He added: "I'm happy because I never thought that I would be here so long, even though it was my dream. The years go by quickly, but I'm really pleased with all the things that Real Madrid has given me and all that I've given the club."