Arsenal and Manchester City have been dealt huge blows in their pursuits of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Both Premier League giants have been strongly linked with swoops for the Spaniard, with some sources suggesting that parties has contacted them about the 'keeper ahead of the winter and summer transfer windows.
However, the Real Madrid icon has put an end to the speculation surrounding his future, suggesting that he will be at the Spanish club for at least another five years.
“Real Madrid is my here and now. I’m delighted to be at Madrid. In five or six years we’ll see. There’s a lot of speculation about me. Every day there are rumours and these reports can appear. I’m a Real Madrid player, it’s where I’ve always been and I want to stay here,” he said in an interview with El Hormiguero.
If Casillas retains his place in the Real Madrid first team squad for that five-year period, it will take him into his late 30s which will eradicate the chance of any move happening afterwards.
Arsenal and City won’t have a use for him in five or six years because they are huge clubs, under pressure to perform and they both would have long moved on by 2018.
It’s even possible that in five or six years time, Casillas won’t even be interested in moving to another club in another country which would create upheaval for him and his family.
The goalkeeper position has been a subject of big debate at Arsenal and while Casillas’ comments are a blow, it shouldn’t take emphasis away from the fact that Wojciech Szczesny has been superb this season.
The Pole has had to endure the sort of rumours and links about possible replacements for him over a number of years and finally he’s nailed down the number one slot and is performing well.
It can hardly be said that there is a problem at Manchester City either because Joe Hart, a world class goalkeeper and England number one, is on the bench at the moment for Premier League games.
Hart is only 26-years-old and could easily perform for City over the next ten years, making a move for Casillas in the future pointless.
It’s a blow because Casillas is a very good goalkeeper but equally both sides can easily cope.
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