Arsenal may have to think twice about signing one of Real Madrid's longest serving players.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out a summer exit for Arsenal goalkeeper target Iker Casillas.
Casillas was in fine form as Real secured the Champions League title last weekend with an extra time win against city rivals Atletico, which was Casillas’ third European title during his time with Los Blancos.
Casillas has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger eyes up support for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with Lukasz Fabianski showing no intention of staying put in North London.
However, Casillas is unlikely to be that man.
“I do not think it’s the last game of Casillas,” Perez is simply quoted by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
It could be suggested that this is nothing more than the opinion of one club official on a key senior player, but Perez has a reputation for taking a hands on approach when it comes to the futures and arrivals of key players.
He is responsible for engineering the deal which brought Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, as well as Gareth Bale and he’s also responsible for placing pressure on the coach to introduce certain youngsters into the first team such as Alvaro Morata, one of Perez’ reported favourites.
Casillas’ career at Real Madrid doesn’t have to be addressed until the summer of 2017, which is when his current contract expires.
Jose Mourinho was criticised heavily last season when he dropped Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez, but it’s a decision by the Portuguese which could allow the Spaniard to enjoy a prolonged career at the top level in Spain.
Casillas has been confined to cup and Champions League appearances since he was re-introduced to the team by Mourinho, a trend which has continued under the reign of Carlo Ancelotti.
However, far from being negative, it’s allowed him to stay harp, focused and seems to have convinced Perez that there’s no need to pull the trigger just yet in relation to his future and importance at the Bernabeu.