Zinedine Zidane tasked with getting Arsenal target to stay

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Real Madrid have drafted in legend Zinedine Zidane to try an and convince captain Iker Casillas from leaving the club, with Arsenal and Manchester Cty hovering.

According to The Mirror, Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini are ready to explore the option of signing the Spain number one after falling out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu, but los Blancos hierarchy are trying to avoid such a scenario.

Zidane is currently working on Carlo Ancelotti's coaching staff at Real Madrid and is still a popular figure within the dressing room, so it has been left to him to try and smooth things over.

"I don't believe Casillas will leave the club but it is better to have these conversations face to face," he said.

The report claims Arsenal became interested in signing Casillas when he fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho last season and was left on the bench in favour of Diego Lopez, which some people saw as the current Chelsea manager trying to exert influence over a dissenting voice in the dressing room.

It was assumed that Ancelotti taking over would see the 32-year-old return to the side, but the Italian followed suit with Mourinho and opted for Lopez instead.

Manchester City, says the report, are now keeping a close eye on things and will assess the situation further when the January transfer window approaches; Joe Hart is currently first choice at the Etihad Stadium, but he has been suffering from poor form for some time.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have continued to show faith in young number one Wojciech Szczesny and have signed Italian international Emiliano Viviano on loan for the season, but they have not had a goalkeeper with the experience and stature of Casillas for many years and could be tempted into bringing him in, should be become available.

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