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Arsenal transfer target pledges future to Real Madrid

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Casillas wants to stay at Real Madrid (©GettyImages)
Casillas wants to stay at Real Madrid (©GettyImages).

Span captain Iker Casillas, who was previously linked with a move to Arsenal, has moved to eliminate any rumours about his future away from his boyhood club Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old has categorically stated that he has no plans to quit his current club.

The legendary goalkeeper has fallen down the pecking order behind Diego Lopez in Jose Mourinho's first-team ever since suffering a hand injury in January, prompting rumours that he would be ending his 22-year stint at the club.

However, Casillas has been vocal about his commitment to the Spanish capital club and will not be entertaining transfer rumors regarding him.

"My future is at Real Madrid," he was quoted as saying by AS. "I have a contract with the club and I've been here since I was nine years old. It's been my club for my whole life and it's where I want to be."

Mourinho's future remains far less certain but Casillas says he knows nothing of his boss' situation and is focusing on winning the Copa del Rey.

"You have to ask him about that," he said when pressed on whether or not Mourinho will stay. "I'm here to collect an individual award and what I'm interested in is giving the Madrid fans something to cheer about. 

"Given that this year it wasn't to be in the Champions League, it'll be in the competition we have left: the Copa del Rey.

"What we have to do now is focus on the immediate future: on getting as many points as possible in La Liga for the sake of the club, the team and everything we stand for. 

"Then we have to give our all to win the final of the Copa del Rey. It'll be an exceptional final, a game to look forward to, at the Bernabeu; we have to try to win for the supporters, who deserve something to cheer about."

Madrid suffered a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final, with Liga rivals Barcelona humbled 7-0 over two legs by Bayern Munich, and Casillas vowed to return strongly next season as his side aim for an historic 10th European crown.

"I haven't spoken to them, the Barcelona players" he continued. "It was clear that after losing 4-0 in Munich the second leg was going to be difficult. 

"We have to congratulate both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund because they performed well in their ties and they deserved to go through.

"I went up to all my team-mates after the Dortmund match because they had put in a huge effort and the supporters acknowledged that. Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Lopez, everyone.

"I applaud them all because they were in with a shout of winning the tie right up until the final whistle. I hugged Sergio because we've known each other for nine years and I think he put in a ten-out-of-ten performance.

"I think we all spoke about it - an all-Spanish final, didn't we? The press too, everyone talked about the possibility of an all-Spanish final. It happened last year as well.

"In the end it wasn't to be and the Spanish teams - us included - will all fight to get to the final next year. We'll give our all to win Madrid's tenth European Cup next season. That's what everyone involved with the club wants."

It is clear that Casillas has no intentions to move out of Spain and will continue to stay and fight to reclaim his rightful spot at Real Madrid's number one choice goalkeeper.

He has amassed an astonishing 654 appearances for his club ever since his debut season in 1999. It looks like Casillas will be part of the rare breed of one-club men that is lacking in the world of football in the modern era.

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