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Manchester United & Arsenal suffer Casilla transfer blow

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Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal may just have been dealt a decisive transfer blow from goalkeeper target Kiko Casilla.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that was quoted by talkSPORT, the 27-year-old Espanyol star appeared to make clear his desire to remain at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat for the foreseeable future.

"I have one year left of my contract and I always keep what I have signed," he said.

"In addition, the renewal will be arranged. At Espanyol I am playing and enjoying. Here I feel very comfortable and I have always said that I want to stay.

"I do not know much about the renewal nor do I want to know until it is all done. My role is to be focused on the job and contribute my bit to the team. I insist that I will play here next year."

Casilla's obvious wish to stay with the La Liga outfit and even extend his contract is likely to come as a disappointment to Arsenal - who reportedly feature him on Arsene Wenger's transfer wish-list - and Manchester United, who have also been credited with an interest in recent weeks.

Arsenal's need for a new goalkeeper is quite apparent. Although Wojciech Szczesny has largely made the number-one shirt his own at the Emirates Stadium, many would argue that he is still not displaying the kind of consistent form that is required of the position and that he could certainly do with some healthy competition.

And with perennial deputy Lukasz Fabianksi looking likely to leave the club in the near future along with loanee Emiliano Viviano, it is certainly not difficult to see why Arsenal boss Wenger may be in the market to improve and indeed reinforce that particular area of his squad.

In David de Gea, though, Manchester United boast arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

Although the Spaniard struggled somewhat to the greater physicality after making the move from Atletico Madrid in 2011, he has improved massively with greater experience at Old Trafford and has remained one of Manchester United's star performers during what has been an unquestionably difficult maiden campaign under David Moyes' leadership.

However, Moyes could also be feasibly looking for a new 'stopper given Anders Lindegaard's struggle to impose himself.

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