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Iker Casillas to decide Real Madrid future after Super Cup

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Iker Casillas will wait to see if he is selected for Real Madrid's Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid on August 12 before making a decision on his future, according to Marca.

The goalkeeper is currently in the USA for Real Madrid's pre-season training camp, but is thought to be considering a shock departure from the Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti did not play Casillas once in La Liga last season and the 33-year-old is rumoured to want a fresh challenge.

Deadline day

Ideally, Casillas will stay with his boyhood club, but after 18 months sat on the Real Madrid bench for league games, he is ready to leave should he not be afforded more playing time. Arsenal seem to be the only club willing to take him of Madrid's hands and have reportedly offered him a wage of around £100,000-a-week.

Before deciding on whether to push for a move to The Gunners, Casillas is willing to wait until Real Madrid's opening game to see if Ancelotti will give him a chance to reclaim his place ahead of Diego Lopez. That day is on August 12 and comes in the form of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid.

Increased competition

All signs point to an exit for the Spanish veteran. Keylor Navas is on the verge of signing for Real Madrid while Lopez remains highly-rated. It is likely that one of Casillas or Lopez will leave and, at the moment, the former appears favourite.

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Casillas was given cup games last season and managed to win two trophies in the process, including the all-famous La Decima Champions League title. However, Casillas wants more games and with the increased competition, he may not get it.

Arsenal transfer possible

Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial seems adamant that Casillas will be joining the Gunners. Wenger is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after losing Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano this summer.

However, it appears a deal for David Ospina is much closer. Arsenal have agreed a £3 million fee with his club Nice and are just awaiting the completion of a medical before a deal can be finalised. Should Ospina sign, Casillas is unlikely to follow suit.

Contract termination

One intriguing story to come out of this is the claim that Casillas is pushing for Real Madrid to terminate his contract, which still has three-years to run. Securing a termination would allow him to join another club for nothing. His wages would prove a sticking point for most clubs, however.

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