Report - Iker Casillas set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season

Iker Casillas

One time Arsenal target Iker Casillas has reportedly decided to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Spanish website Cuatro claims that once Arsenal linked Iker Casillas will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Los Blancos legend is thought to have made up his mind over his future despite featuring prominently for the club already this season with nine appearances over La Liga and in the Champions League.

Reports suggest that the Real Madrid back four have lost confidence in him with Carlo Ancelotti seemingly swaying towards making Keylor Navas the long term number one at the club.

“What’s interesting is the centre-backs are dropping deep, perhaps because they don’t trust the goalie? - Has Ancelotti seen a player who is lacking in something? Confidence? There’s something missing there and it’s quite clear he’s not enjoying his football,” said Sky’s Guillem Balague.

Navas was signed over the summer and is putting Casillas under a great deal of pressure, with Diego Lopez out of the equation having moved to AC Milan last month.

Whether Arsenal will revitalise their apparent interest in Casillas is extremely doubtful.

Arsene Wenger showed his hand when he signed David Ospina as back up to Wojciech Szczesny over the summer, which suggests the boss has the number one spot in his side clear in his mind.

That could change due to injury or a sale but it’s unlikely that the Gunners will now go after Casillas considering the cover they have in the squad and the cost involved in getting a deal done.

Casillas is one of the most experienced goalkeepers in European football and if Cuatro’s claims are true, he shouldn’t find it too difficult to settle at a top European side.

He offers leadership skills and a solid ability to organise a back four effectively when his teams are under pressure.

Real Madrid were thought to have released the pressure surrounding him when they sold Lopez but being used in a rotation system with his ex-colleague seems to have left a mark on him which isn’t going away.

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