Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has revealed Iker Casillas wants to end his career at the club.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has cast further doubt over an Arsenal move for goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Perez expects the Spaniard to finish his career to the club contrary to reports over the past year that he could move and seek a fresh challenge in the Premier League with the Gunners.
“Iker wants to finish his career here. He is one of the most important assets of our club,” Perez is quoted by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Arsenal are on the look out for an additional ‘keeper after Lukasz Fabianski made the decision to sign for Premier League rivals Swansea City.
The fact Casillas would have to come into the side behind Wojciech Szczesny is definitely something that would put him off.
Casillas seems to have accepted that his role has changed at the Bernabeu, but with the intention of lengthening his career with the Spanish champions.
Casillas has been confined to appearances in domestic cup competitions as well as the Champions League, with Carlo Ancelotti continuing the trend first shown under Jose Mourinho, using Diego Lopez in La Liga.
Arsenal would also be battling against the fact that Casillas is a Real Madrid legend and popular inside the club with teammates and outside the club with fans.
Mourinho’s original decision to drop him was criticised by several members of the Real Madrid first team who leapt to his defence.
Therefore, the Gunners would also be battling against the number of first team stars that would be actively encouraging him against a switch should they ever make a move for him.
Perez is very protective of players that he holds dear at the club. The president holds a lot of sway in terms of the transfer market, perhaps even more than the boss and this is further evidence that any attempts by Arsene Wenger to sign Casillas would be a waste of time.