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Casillas: Arsenal or City? I belong to Real Madrid, I want to stay

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas insists that he’s thinking nowhere beyond the Santiago Bernabéu, despite all the speculation that he’ll move elsewhere, if he doesn’t return to the number one spot in all competitions.

Iker Casillas

Appearing on the ‘El Hormiguero’ show with Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, Spain and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas was asked about his future at the club, given his current situation this season.

Whilst Casillas admitted that he could move elsewhere in the future, he doesn’t see it happening for a very long time.

“In the future I see myself out of Real Madrid, inside ten years. At 38 it will be much more difficult for me. Today, I’m one of Los Blancos. I’m delighted to be at Real Madrid. In five or six years, we’ll see.”

In recent weeks and following previous comments and suggestions made about looking elsewhere for a guaranteed starting role, speculation has been rife with links of a move to Arsenal or Manchester City. Casillas insists that all the stories are just rumours and he has no plans to move anywhere else.

“Many people are speculating about my situation. It’s not the same as it has been in recent years. Every day rumours appear and whilst these stories appear, I belong to Real Madrid, which is the club of my life. I want to stay here. Right now, my decision is to stay at Real Madrid. I want to get the tenth (European Cup), more trophies and more league titles.”

In a somewhat unusual situation, Casillas finds himself the first-choice for his country, but not always for his club. He simply feels it’s up to the managers to decide what they feel is best and welcomes the challenge of the competition.

“No, it’s the coaches who decide what’s best. I don’t have a problem with that. I compete. I like the challenges. Whenever I was in the spotlight, I wanted to show why I was there. Competition is a good thing and I’m not worried. My intention is to train well and enjoy myself.”

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