Real Madrid manager considers future of Manchester City and Arsenal linked Casillas

Iker Casillas

Ancelotti hopes that frozen-out goalkeeper Casillas will stay at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has played down reports that goalkeeper Iker Casillas could leave the club, despite the Spain international’s continued inability to get a match.

Casillas has not played for Madrid for 12 months, having lost his place to Diego Lopez, leading to suggestions that the 32-year-old could move to the Premier League.

“This team has some very important players that represent this club,” Ancelotti said. “For this reason we will do our all so that Casillas finishes his career at Real.”

Whether that ends the possibility of Casillas moving to the Premier League is open to conjecture. Casillas, who has made more than 400 appearances for Madrid since his debut in 200, is a player of enormous repute, and has no shortage of admirers from across Europe.

Less than a month ago, the Daily Mirror reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was gearing up for a move for Casillas in the transfer window, as he looked to add competition for first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny, although there has been no movement reported since.

The Independent also ran a story reporting that Manchester City were monitoring Casillas in the light of Joe Hart’s indifferent form. Neither side has come up with a firm bid, however, and is difficult to see Casillas, who still has World Cup aspirations, swapping a place on Madrid’s bench for a place on either Arsenal or City’s.

It has been mooted that Manchester United could attempt to sign him, but David De Gea’s fine form this season would again appear to rule out a move.

Could Chelsea make a move? The Blues are hunting for a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, but would Jose Mourinho – the man who dropped Casillas at Madrid – try to sign a goalkeeper who he clearly does not have much faith in.

Given that Casillas’s exile from the first team shows little sign of ending, he may well still be weighing up his options, but a move to the Premier League appears unlikely for now.

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