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Xavi laughs off Iker Casillas to Barcelona speculation

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi has rubbished speculation linking the Catalans with a move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The Spanish shot-stopper has lost his place in Jose Mourinho's side to January signing Diego Lopez - who was originally signed to cover Casillas while he nursed a hand injury.

Casillas' international teammate has laughed off rumours the 31-year-old could move to the Nou Camp during the summer transfer window.

"I feel bad for Iker that he has ended up on the bench and I think it's unfair. I do not think that he will come to Barcelona, though," Xavi told El Mundo Deportivo.

"He's a real Madridista. We cannot look beyond that. I would welcome him with open arms, but I cannot see it happen to be honest."

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova may be forced into buying a goalkeeper before the start of next season after Victor Valdes announced he wanted to leave the club.

Valdes' current contract runs out at the end of the 2013/14 season, but Vilanova may look to cash in on the Spaniard instead of allowing him to leave on a free transfer.  

Vilanova's side face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena next week.

 

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