Arsenal and City target pledges future to his club

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Iker Casillas has revealed that he is planning on remaining at Real Madrid at least until his contract expires in 2017, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.

The long-serving Los Blancos captain has been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu due to his lack of game-time, with Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester City amongst those seeking his signature.

Since the summer Casillas has been rumoured to have been weighing up the decision to depart his boyhood club, with Carlo Ancelotti seemingly favouring Diego Lopez as his first-choice 'keeper for La Liga fixtures.

However despite claims that he would be moving on, Casillas has sensationally moved to declare that he will only leave the Bernabeu when his current deal runs out in 2017.

The 32-year-old admitted that he wasn't sure what would happen in two or three years time, but affirmed that there was no chance of him plying his trade elsewhere in the foreseeable future.

Casillas told Madrid mouthpiece Marca: "I'll stay here in January and next summer and until the end of my contract. But I do not know what can happen in one, two or three years. I repeat for those who have misinterpreted my remarks."

It is rumoured that Arsenal were keeping tabs on the Spain international's situation, with Arsene Wenger wanting to provide competition for current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also interested in Casillas, as Joe Hart's form has faltered massively over the last few months.

Madrid are reportedly keen to retain the services of their captain, and so will welcome the news that he has pledged his future to the club.

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