Arsenal and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Iker Casillas, after the Real Madrid goalkeeper vowed to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for another "five or six years".

Speaking to Spanish television station Antena 3, the 32-year-old played down speculation suggesting he could make a January switch to the Premier League, saying that he "belongs" in the capital.

"Every day rumours appear," said Casillas. "I belong to Real Madrid, which is the club of my life. I want to stay here. Right now, my decision [is] to stay."

The Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday that Casillas' agent had sounded out Arsenal and Manchester City about the Spain international's possible availability ahead of the World Cup, as he continues to play second fiddle to Diego Lopez at Real Madrid, under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.

Arsene Wenger appears to be happy with the form of current first-choice stopper Wojciech Szczesny, who has impressed at the Emirates Stadium this season, and recently signed a new long-term contract.

Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini might have held a stronger interest in bringing Casillas to the Etihad Stadium, after dropping Joe Hart from the first-team, and replacing him with back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

However, despite reiterating his commitment to Real Madrid, Casillas intimated that he might be willing to leave La Liga at some point in the future.

"In the future I see myself away from Real, inside ten years," he added. "At 38 it will be much more difficult for me.

"Today, I'm one of Los Blancos. I am delighted to be at Real Madrid. In five or six years, we'll see."

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