Rumoured Arsenal and City target to hold peace talks
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will open talks about his future with club ambassador Zinedine Zidane.
Spain’s most-capped player has surprisingly found himself out of favour for the first time at the Bernebeu since making his senior debut for the club in 1999.
Diego Lopez, a January signing from Sevilla by former coach Jose Mourinho has taken his spot as Madrid’s number one ‘keeper under new head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
And as The Mirror reports, the 32-year-old could be about to move clubs for the first time in his career with both Arsenal and Manchester City interested in bringing the shot-stopper to the Premier League.
And with the World Cup on the horizon, Casillas may be forced into ending ties with Los Blancos for the sake of his international career.
Arsenal have brought in Palermo ‘keeper Emiliano Viviano on loan until the end of the season while Joe Hart has encountered criticism for his performances in a City shirt last season as well as this campaign.
Casillas worked under City boss Manuel Pellegrini when he was Real Madrid coach for one season between 2009-10.
But the newspaper indicates that legendary World Cup winner Zidane will try to talk his former teammate into staying in his homeland and rejecting a move to England.
When asked about the possibility of Casillas leaving, the Frenchman was quoted by The Mirror as saying: “I don’t believe Casillas will leave the club but it is better to have these conversations face to face.”
Casillas has racked up almost 500 league appearances for Real Madrid whilst recording an impressive 150 caps for Spain.