Liverpool goalkeeper caught persuading Casillas to leave Madrid

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been caught telling Iker Casillas that he must leave Real Madrid.

Casillas has enjoyed a glittering career at the Bernabeu, but has found himself out of favour over the past two seasons.

Following Jose Mourinho’s departure over the summer, the Spanish ‘keeper was expected to start more regularly, but the trend has continued under Carlo Ancelotti, who has also preferred Diego Lopez between the posts.

Arsenal, Manchester City and AC Milan have been linked with a swoop for the 32-year-old in recent months.

According to a conversation recorded and analysed by Cuatro, Reina - who is currently on loan from Liverpool at Napoli, attempted to persuade Casillas to move on while the pair were warming up for Spain’s game against Belarus on Friday.

"I guess it's not so bad," Reina is reported to have said.

"How many games could you play [in cup competitions this year]? 10, 12? But, at the end of the day, it's a pretty s****y season."

Casillas then replied: "Yes, but leave now? I don't think so, mate. At least I get to play in the Copa del Rey."

Arsenal were reportedly interested in taking Casillas to the Emirates Stadium over the summer but have seemingly opted to keep faith with Wojciech Szczesny after signing back-up in the form Emiliano Viviano during the transfer window.

Despite that recent reports continue to link the Gunners with a swoop for the veteran shotstopper.

Manchester City meanwhile have reportedly been eyeing alternatives to Joe Hart, whose form continues to falter.

The Citizens are believed to be keeping an eye on his situation at Madrid ahead of a move to take him to the Etihad Stadium.

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