Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas (R) is kissed by his girlfriend television journalist Sara Carbonero during the Madrid Open final tennis match in Madrid May 8, 2011. (Photo : REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS))
After a tough season, Iker Casillas finally has some good news. The Real Madrid goalie and his girlfriend Sara Carbonero announced earlier this week that they would be parents.
According to Spanish publication Marca, reporter Carbonero is 13 weeks into her pregnancy.
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"We're very happy", the couple told "El Mundo" minutes before departing for their fourth summer holiday as a couple.
"I'm going to have a baby from La Mancha", Casillas said in reference to Carbonero's origin.
Marca also reports: "Last Wednesday they told their closest family and trusted friends when they met in a bar in the Malasaña district at the heart of the Spanish capital."
Casillas entered the 2012-13 season as the undisputed starter for Real Madrid. However, after struggling throughout the early part of the year, former coach Jose Mourinho benched him in favor of young Adan. The Portuguese coach justified his actions by explaining that the keeper was not in his best form. Casillas eventually regained the spot, but his season came to an early end when he injured his hand. Mourinho brought in Diego Lopez as a replacement and rode the netminder for the remainder of the season. Casillas was reportedly ready to return prior to the end of the 2012-13 campaign, but Mourinho opted to leave him on the bench.
The keeper then got a chance to play for the Spanish national team in the Confederations Cup. Despite a solid performance against Italy in regulation and extra time of the semifinals, the keeper looked lost during the penalty shootout; his team wound up in the final thanks to good luck. However, Casillas turned out a poor performance against Brazil, conceding three goals that he could have stopped.
"I've cried," Casillas said during an interview with FIFA.com back in January. "I've suffered, I've been unwell, I've had sleepless nights."
He will soon be encountering more sleepless nights. But he will surely relish those.