Arsenal and Liverpool will have to take their search elsewhere now as long time target has now put to rest rumours over a possible switch in January.
According to Daily Star, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper has reiterated his commitment to the cause at the Bernabeu, and does not want to leave anytime soon, dashing the hopes of Liverpool and Arsenal to make a move for him in January.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a couple of goalkeepers recently, especially Liverpool as the conviction becomes stronger about the inability of Simon Mignolet to exorcise the demons that have continued to trouble him between the sticks. Brendan Rodgers has had to drop the Belgian altogether, with Brad Jones the man in charge during our 2 -2 draw at Anfield. Both clubs have been interested in Casillas, but the 33-year old Madrid statesman seems uninterested.
“There are no reasons to leave Real Madrid” Casillas said.
“I still want to win many titles with this jersey.”
Madrid did win their second trophy of the season – their fourth since Ancelotti’s 18 month-reign – with the 2 – 0 win over Copa Libertadores Champions San Lorenzo, in the Club World Cup, Casillas being the captain lifting all these.
The man who is also the captain of the La Roja has certainly enjoyed many years of success with Los Blancos but his form did suffer a dip last season, leading to him bieng on the periphery of the team, being used only in cup competitions. The departure of Diego Lopez to Milan, however, has seen him reinstated as the Number 1 for La Liga games, despite the arrival of highly-rated Costa Rican shot stopper, Keylor Navas.
Wenger may not be much bothered with Casillas snub of the Premier League with the return of David Ospina to the Arsenal squad. Where Casillas was one of the flops of the World Cup, the 26 year-old Colombian arrived the Emirates this season on the back of a very astounding performance with Los Cafeteros, reaching the Quarter-finals. Wenger certainly considers him as a good enough rival to Wojciech Szczesny and his presence on the bench will not fill he manager with any regrets if he does not land Casillas in January; Emi Martinez has even made a case for being considered as much.
Brendan Rodgers may not be as comfortable, though, and would have wanted to have Casillas, with neither Jones nor Mignolet looking trustworthy enough to bear the trust of a League campaign which hopes to finish with a place in the top four.
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