Iker Casillas pours cold water over Real Madrid exit rumours

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Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has poured cold water on a summer exit from Real Madrid, insisting that he will only consider his future at the end of his current contract.

Casillas is no longer a guaranteed starter at the Bernabeu, with Diego Lopez taking his place for league fixtures.

Instead the Spanish international has been forced to make do with appearances in cup competitions, although he proved recently that he's lost none of his ability by going 952 minutes without conceding a goal - a new Spanish record - before he was beaten by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's stunning effort last week.

Both Arsenal and Manchester City amongst other clubs have been linked with the veteran shotstopper in recent months, but he insists he plans to stay put until his deal with Real Madrid expires in 2017.

I'm thinking more and more about what I'll do when I quit playing. I'd like to stay involved in football and help the club, if the circumstances allow it," the 32-year-old said.

"I can play on until I'm 40. If you look after yourself as a goalkeeper, you can carry on until that age.

"I'd love to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid until I'm 40, but a time will come when that's not possible.

"I'll consider my future at Real when my contract expires."

Casillas' comments will come as something as a blow for both Manchester City and Arsenal, who could both be in the market for a new goalkeeper in the summer.

Manchester City shotstopper Joe Hart was dropped earlier on in the season after a string of high-profile mistakes, while Wojcech Szczesny has been prone to errors during his time with Arsenal, although has been more consistent this term.

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