Real Madrid star tells Arsenal and Manchester City he wants to stay until he is 40

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas says he wants to play at Real Madrid until he is 40, if given the chance.

The prospects of Iker Casillas making the switch to England this summer appears increasingly unlikely.

The Spanish international had been marginalised first under Jose Mourinho and latterly Carlo Ancelotti, but has recently bounced back to re-establish himself at the Bernabeu.

Back in the team in 2014 he kept six consecutive clean sheets, beaten only by a thunderbolt of a volley from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar last week.

Buoyed by his return to to favour, Casillas has had his say on his future and it sounds like he intends on staying at Real Madrid for a long time.

The 32-year-old said: "I can play on until I'm 40. If you look after yourself as a goalkeeper, you can carry on until that age.

"I'd love to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid until I'm 40, but a time will come when that's not possible. I'll consider my future at Real when my contract expires."

There is obviously a 'but' in there, although his intentions are clear. It's a far cry from the end of last year when it was widely reported he wanted to explore his options to move this coming summer.

The Independent had reported in December that Arsenal and Manchester City were both interested, as potential replacements for Wojciech Szczesny and Joe Hart.

His quotes also illustrate the change in his stance his last October, when he told The Guardian: "I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn't change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave."

Well he was asked that question yesterday, and his answer was that he wanted to stay - and with his current contract until 2017, a potential summer switch to the Premier League is almost certainly now off the radar.

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