Perez: Casillas will stay at Madrid

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez expects Iker Casillas to remain at the club despite the goalkeeper sitting out almost the entire League season.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti continued with the policy of his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, by using Casillas in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League and fielding Diego Lopez for La Liga fixtures.

The arrangement was only altered late in the campaign, when Casillas was picked for a handful of League matches to keep him sharp ahead of the Champions League final.

Madrid won both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League but only finished third in the League, behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Perez has spoken to Onda Cero and his comments on Casillas and a range of other topics have been reported by AS.

“We’ve been talking about this all year. Unless anything strange happens, Casillas is going to stay here until the end of his contract,” Perez said.

“In life you can’t guarantee anything, not him and not us, but there is no information to the contrary.

"I think both [Casillas and Lopez] played very well but it is a problem for Ancelotti to solve. I can't do anything, although there are some who have said Casillas doesn't play for me."

It was put to Perez that Lopez could be on his way to Napoli, along with Alvaro Arbeloa.

“I think almost everyone will stay, but in life you never know,” Perez replied.

“Anyway, [the summer] has only just begun. We have until September.

“Napoli’s interest? How recent is this Naples talk…no one has told me to go to Naples or anywhere else.”

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