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Arsenal spy on Iker Casillas' Real Madrid future

Premier League side Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the future of Iker Casillas who has lost his place in the Madrid starting eleven after a relationship breakdown with Jose Mourinho.

Casillas is going through the toughest period of his career with Los Blancos and has lost his place in the starting eleven to reserve keeper Antonio Adan and reports of a strained relationship with boss Jose Mourinho have led to much speculation.

It is thought that once this season is over, Real Madrid will make a decision on the future of coach Mourinho, that is if he stays that long, whilst Casillas may be forced out if the Portuguese tactician remains at the club.

According to a report in Spanish daily Marca, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has grown tired of current number one Wolciech Szczesny and is keeping a watchful eye on Casillas's future at the capital club, with one also on Liverpool's Spanish keeper Pepe Reina.

Whilst these are purely rumours at this stage, a move for Casillas is not that unlikely with Madrid showing huge interest in signing keeper David De Gea who has struggled at Manchester United.

The former Atletico Madrid keeper made a real name for himself in La Liga before joining United and remains a top target for Madrid as either back-up and a long term successor to Casillas or as a replacement, should circumstances continue.

Casillas, who was once again dropped from the starting line-up against Real Sociedad on Sunday will be back between the sticks for Madrid's midweek Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo.

However is expected that he will once again lose out to Adan once his suspension is finished, that being the game against Valencia on Sunday 19th of January.

Mourinho was unfazed by Adan’s early red card against Sociedad and he is adamant that his plan will work despite many of Madrid’s fans showing their unhappiness at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

One thing is for certain, come June, only one of Casillas or Mourinho will be left at the club.

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