Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has confirmed that Arsenal were interested in signing him in the summer transfer window.
The Spain international was the subject of much transfer speculation following a disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 33-year-old was also the second choice at Madrid behind Diego Lopez in the 2013-14 season under coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Casillas’s disappointing form when called into action and his unhappiness at not playing enough fuelled reports that he could be prised away from the 10-time European champions.
The 2010 World Cup winner has now admitted that he did consider leaving Madrid, and has confirmed that there was interest from Premier League outfit Arsenal – but it was not concrete.
‘I thought about going’, Casillas told Canal+, according to Marca. ‘If you're a bother and you don't want to have any run-ins with anyone...
'What you want is for Real Madrid to always win. But in the end, at 33 years of age, you think, why should I? I want to fight, to make a go of it, to be reborn from the ashes.
‘There was a lot of talk about an offer from Arsenal, but there was nothing concrete. I want to stay at Real Madrid, keep fighting here and finish my career here’.
Arsenal eventually signed Colombia international David Ospina from Nice as a back-up to first-choice Wojciech Szczesny.
Casillas is happy in Madrid now. Lopez has left for AC Milan and his replacement, Keylor Navas, plays second fiddle to the two-time European Championship winner.
But the Madrid star remains open to leaving Los Blancos for an adventure abroad in the future.
‘I would like to have some experience abroad before retiring’, he said. ‘I think it would help me to appreciate Real Madrid even more. I am convinced that if you go abroad, you will realise what this club represents for the whole world’.
Should Arsenal make a move for Casillas again if he becomes available next summer? Probably not.