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Manchester United target 'pleased' to be linked with Barcelona

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Casilla is happy at Espanyol.
Casilla is happy at Espanyol..

Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid target Kiko Casilla admits it is pleasing to be linked with such illustrious clubs, but is focused on signing a new contract with Espanyol, reports Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from Estadi Cornellà-El Prat this summer, after turning in a series of impressive performances for Javier Aguirre's side this season.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Casilla to Old Trafford, as he looks to provide competition for current number one David De Gea.

The Spaniard has also attracted admiring glances from La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Tata Martino also on the lookout for a replacement for Victor Valdes, who will leave Camp Nou upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.

Casilla actually spent time in Real Madrid's academy system during his youth team days, but is not unsettled by reported interest from the Santiago Bernabeu, or any of his other alleged suitors.

"I am not concerned about the rumours regarding my future," he told Agency EFE. "I am pleased to hear my name mentioned in the press alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid and big English clubs, but my intention is to remain at Espanyol.

"I am in negotiations with the club over a new deal and I hope to reach an agreement soon."

Casilla added: "I don't believe that the club are planning to sell me if they want to renew my contract, that would be a lack of respect.

"I don't have a set date for the signing of the documents, that is a matter for my agent, but I am calm."

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Real Madrid
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