Iker Casillas happy to reject Arsenal in favour of Real Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Iker Casillas has absolutely no interest in a Premier League move to either Arsenal or Manchester City this summer, claiming that he knows the Spanish goalkeeper is more than happy to stay put at the Bernabeu next season.

Casillas was restricted to Champions League and Copa del Rey duty last season, with Diego Lopez ever-present in La Liga as Ancelotti decided to continue with a policy of different goalkeepers in league and cup, a policy first implemented by previous Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

The 33-year-old was strongly rumoured to be a top transfer target for Arsenal as early as last week, but Ancelotti has moved quickly to quash those rumours and declare that he has strong understanding with the Madrid legend.

He is quoted by the Daily Mail as telling AS: "Casillas is very happy to stay here and we are very happy that he wants to stay."

Despite that strong claim Ancelotti refused to confirm whether that show of faith means Casillas will get to play in La Liga next season, preferring to state that next season's dilemmas are still far from his mind just weeks after Champions League success.

Casillas added two more trophies to his incredible personal haul thanks to double cup success for Las Blancos last term, but still only managed 23 appearances across the whole campaign.

Arsenal and City were both hoping to use that reduced playing time to engineer a summer transfer coup, but will now have to turn elsewhere in search of new recruits.

The Gunners are definitely on the hunt for a new stopper after Lukasz Fabianski decided to sign for Swansea City, but are now thought to be looking at a back-up for Wojciech Szczesny rather than a world-class addition to take the Polish international's place.

City meanwhile have a similar dilemma after Cesar Pantilimon's contract expired, but Casillas will now not be coming in to give Joe Hart quality competition for his place at the Etihad next term.

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