Arsenal & Man City told Real Madrid will fight to stop star exit

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep Iker Casillas and will fight "hammer and tooth" to stop the Spanish international joining Arsenal or Manchester City this summer.

Casillas has surprisingly become an increasingly peripheral figure at the Santiago Bernabeu over the last 12 months, with former Madrid boss Mourinho and then Ancelotti both largely deciding to keep Diego Lopez as the club's number one goalkeeper.

Ancelotti has stuck with Lopez in La Liga while rotating to start Casillas in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, but that has not been enough to stop persistent rumours of a switch to the Premier League in search of regular first-team football.

City and the Gunners are both believed to be monitoring the situation closely but Ancelotti has been unmoved by the speculation, insisting that he wants Casillas to sign a similar deal to the one that secured Xabi Alonso's long-term future earlier this week.

The Italian veteran told Radio Nacional de Espana: "Iker has enough experience and quality to play in any team in the world. Maybe it wasn’t the most adroit decision but rotating goalkeepers isn’t that easy. Both of them have taken our decision well.

“Yes, of course [I want to keep Iker]. I will do exactly the same. Madrid have some very important players who represent this club. We will fight hammer and tooth to ensure that Casillas ends his career with Real Madrid."

The 32-year-old's current Madrid contract expires in 2015, which gives Madrid some breathing room as they decide what to do with a club captain that has played more than 600 times for his boyhood team.

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