Arsenal & City target urged to stay in Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged goalkeeper Iker Casillas to ignore transfer speculation and remain at the club.

The Spanish international stopper has fallen down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Diego Lopez maintaining his place as number one following Jose Mourinho’s reign.

It’s understandably led to speculation over the 32-year-old leaving for pastures new, with both the Gunners and Citizens amongst the clubs linked with a move for the player in the summer.

However, Ancelotti is hopeful that Casillas opts to remain at the club he’s spent his entire career with, and insists the player has caused no problems during his time on the bench.

"I haven't talked to him about leaving. He's a great keeper and a great professional. Even if he doesn't play he helps the team, he's a true captain,” said the manager, according to Sky Sports.

"I hope he stays because he's good for the atmosphere. I need to talk to him because it's only fair, but he looks happy to me and he's been very professional."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was linked with a number of keepers during the summer transfer window, as the north London outfit looked to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

And, the Gunners did add to their ranks in the position, with Emiliano Viviano moving to the Emirates Stadium from Palermo.

He’s yet to make an appearance for Arsenal however, with the Polish stopper impressing at the start of the current campaign.

Manchester City stopper Joe Hart has not had the best of starts to the campaign however, with the spotlight on the England international after a number of high profile errors.

New boss Manuel Pellegrini failed to sign a new keeper in the summer, in what turned out be a blessing for Hart at the Etihad Stadium.

And, if the stopper continues to make mistakes, then the Manchester City boss could well be turning back to the market for competition.

Ancelotti will be hoping that Casillas is not one of their targets.

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