Espanyol president Joan Collet has broken his silence regarding rumours linking goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with a move to Real Madrid.
Collet admits that Real enquired about the availability of the goalkeeper but assures that club haven't received any offer from Los Blancos, contrary to several report circulating in the media, adding they are nothing else but lies.
Collet then went on to reveal that he has had talks with Real's general director Jose Angel Sanchez quite a few times over the past few weeks but the two men haven't yet sat down for negotiations to take the 28-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeau.
“It’s nothing but lies. There’s nothing. I’m not only surprised, I am completely amazed. I have spoken quite a few times with [Real Madrid General Director] José Ángel Sánchez over the past few days and he did out one question to me but we haven’t sat down to negotiate," he said.
The Espanyol president was adamant that Casilla will turn up for training with the squad. He also said with a certainty that the club will not accept the reported €3 million fee that’s being touted as his valuation by Real.
"All I know is that Kiko will turn up at midday to go on the summer stage with the rest of the squad. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but right now, there’s nothing and there won’t be for the price that’s being bandied about”, he said.
Collet seemed to be exasperated with the rumoured fee believing it to be disrespectful to someone of Casilla’s calibre. He further vented his anger by saying it makes his blood boil reading about such measly figures.
“We’re talking about a player who has been an international for Spain and will be called again. But first there has to be an offer, then we have to see whether the player wants to leave and after that, we need to talk to the coaching department. To talk about those kinds of fees for him makes our blood boil. I don’t know where that information has come from”, he added.
When asked whether this was just a ploy by the ten-times European champions to put pressure on Manchester United to sell goalkeeper David de Gea to them, a player they are reportedly interested in signing, Collet said he doesn’t know, but conceded that there’s something “fishy” about this whole ordeal.
“I don’t know. There’s something fishy about this. Someone is playing with our emotions and the player’s. I don’t like it when they use his name for ulterior motives,” he added.
David de Gea has been linked with Real all summer as several reports claim that the Bernabeau outfit have identified the Manchester United custodian as their No.1 transfer target this summer.