Carlo Ancelotti has moved to deny rumours that Real Madrid will move for David de Gea after insisting Iker Casillas is likely to remain at the club.
Various reports have suggested that the La Liga giants were preparing an offer in the region of £25 million for Manchester United's star goalkeeper. Worryingly for Louis van Gaal, there were also reports that the Spain international was interested in a move to the Bernabeu.
If De Gea was to leave Old Trafford, he would only do so with the promise of becoming Real Madrid's undisputed first choice goalkeeper. Such a condition would suggest that Casillas would have to leave if De Gea arrives.
"When he retires as a football player, Iker will come to this forum along with other great champions at the club" - Carlo Ancelotti
However, Ancelotti says he has no plans to offload the veteran despite his poor form for club and country. Casillas has recently earned back his first team place for Real Madrid and the Italian manager wants him to continue to captain the team.
Matter is closed
‘The matter is closed,’ Ancelotti told reporters when asked about the 33-year-old.
‘His future is here, it is part of the history of this club and in a few years, when he retires as a football player, Iker will come to this forum along with other great champions at the club to talk about all the European Cups he has won with this shirt.’
De Gea contract
With Real Madrid seemingly out of the picture, Manchester United will find contract talks with De Gea much smoother. The 23-year-old's current deal expires in 2016 and Van Gaal wants his future tied down for the long term.
Reports suggest that United officials will offer De Gea a package worth £120,000-a-week to convince him that his future lies at Old Trafford. The deal would put him amongst the best paid goalkeepers in the world.
The news regarding Casillas would have also been of interest to both Arsenal and Liverpool, who were credited with an interest in signing him. On the back of this news, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger will have to look at alternative targets in the January transfer window.