Real Madrid star Iker Casillas insists he’s ‘better off’ at the Bernabeu amid interest from Premier League giants Arsenal.
The Spanish stopper was heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid after he came in for criticism from the media for his performances. However, he’s stepped up this season and believes a move to any club other than Real Madrid would be a step down for his career.
The experienced goalkeeper would be an ideal signing for Arsenal, who have struggled to find a first-choice keeper since the departure of Jens Lehmann.
Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina are both capable, but neither is world class and Casillas would be a considerable upgrade on either.
But the Spain international sees his future in one place and one place only - Madrid.
As reported by the Daily Mail in England, Casillas told El Chiringuito: “Where am I going to be better off than here?”
De Gea complicates matters
It’s a fair question, although if recent reports of Madrid interest in Manchester United’s David De Gea are anything to go by, then Casillas may have a real battle on his hands to retain the number one jersey.
De Gea is his heir apparent for the Spanish national team, and the United keeper has been mentioned as a potential successor at the Bernabeu too.
Casillas has two years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid, while De Gea has just a year remaining on his United deal, meaning the Old Trafford club will have to make a big decision on his future this summer.
If De Gea moves to Real Madrid, then that could change everything related to Arsenal's chances of landing Casillas.
What do you think Arsenal fans - do you want Arsene Wenger to sign another keeper in the summer transfer window?