Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has conceded that he might be forced to leave the Bernabeu in January if he continues to play second-fiddle to Diego Lopez.
The 32-year-old has failed to regain his first-team place despite Carlo Ancelotti taking over from Jose Mourinho in the summer, with his only appearances so far this season coming in the Champions League.
Casillas - who has made over 150 appearances for Spain and has spent his entire career with Real Madrid, breaking into the first team back in 1999 - is reportedly wanted by Premier League clubs Arsenal and Manchester City, and he admits that he will consider leaving if his situation stays the same.
“If a player isn’t in the action he starts thinking about taking a decision. I’m human and I’m a footballer. I haven’t played for nine months now and it’s the same for me. I’m not a robot," Casillas is quoted as saying by AS.
"Of course I want to stay here and win more titles with Real Madrid. I’ve been here since I was little, but there will come a day in which I have to take a decision. As of now my decision is to stay and fight, to struggle and play every day.
"If I wasn’t sure about it I would have told the president I wanted to leave in September and that no matter what at Christmas. But I decided that I want to be part of this squad for a long time yet... that said, if in three months things haven’t changed and you ask me the same question, well maybe I’ll be thinking about leaving.”
Casillas has played over 650 matches for Los Blancos and looked destined to spend his entire career with the nine-time European champions.
However, this latest news will come as a huge boost to not only Arsenal and Manchester City, but several other top European clubs, too.