Casillas: I belong to Madrid

Iker Casillas has made clear his determination to stay at Real Madrid, rejecting rumours of a January switch to Arsenal or Manchester City.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a possible mid-season or end-of-season move to one of the Premier League pair, amid a difficult 2013 calendar year which has been spent predominantly on the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Reports recently have suggested intermediaries working on the goalkeeper’s behalf have looked to initiate talks with the Gunners and City, but now the Spain international has looked to clarify matters.

“Many people have speculated about my situation, not just in recent years,” Casillas has reflected on Antena 3 programme El Hormiguero.

“Each day rumours emerge and such information will appear. I belong to Madrid, which is the club of my life, I want to stay here.

“Today my decision is to continue in Madrid. I want to win La Decima, more Cups and Leagues.

 “In the future…I will leave, within 10 years. When I am 38 it will cost me more. My mind is blank today. I am delighted to be at Madrid. In five or six years, we shall see.

“Being a starter at the World Cup? I do not know. Much time remains. You have to enjoy the moment. We shall see what happens in five or six months.

“We must focus on our clubs, which is what allows us to get into the national team.

 “Being Spain’s No 1 but not Madrid’s? There are Coaches who decide what is best. I have no problem. I compete. I like challenges.

“Whenever I have been in the spotlight, I have wanted to demonstrate my worth. It is good to have competition. I do not care. I try to train well and enjoy it.”

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