Premier League legend Neville Southall has branded Arsenal and Manchester City goalkeeper target Iker Casillas ‘useless’.
The Real Madrid superstar has endured a difficult year at the Santiago Bernabeu, falling out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho and then failing to earn his place back under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
It led to speculation over a move to England, with both the Gunners and Citizens reportedly keen to bring the player across from La Liga.
And, following Joe Hart’s run of poor form at the Etihad Stadium, the suggestion that Casillas could once again be on the Manchester City radar has resurfaced.
However, former goalkeeper Neville Southall believes a move for the Spanish international would be a disaster for Manuel Pellegrini, insisting that Hart is ‘twice the goalie’ Casillas is.
“Iker Casillas gets mentioned (as a Manchester City target), but he is useless. I can’t see what people see in him,” wrote Southall in his column for Paddy Power.
“He’s got away with murder behind that Real Madrid and Spain team for years. I’d have Joe Hart over him any day of the week. He’s twice the goalie Casillas is.”
Arsenal are having far fewer problems between the sticks this season, with Polish international Wojciech Szczesny proving himself as the number one at the Emirates Stadium so far this season.
Arsene Wenger did draft in a back-up keeper in the closing stages of the summer window, with Emiliano Viviano moving to north London on loan from Palermo despite the Casillas link.
However, the manager hasn’t needed to call upon the Italian’s services, and with Arsenal top of the table, a move for Casillas hardly seems necessary at this stage - something that is sure to please Southall.