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It was hinted that Iker Casillas would get back his position for the starting line-up in Real Madrid for the La Liga games, as is said by Carlo Ancelotti. Iker Casillas, who has been the world cup winner has been greatly confined to appear only in the Copa del Rey matches and Champions League for the past one year as the Italian Coach, Ancelotti has always preferred to stick with Diego Lopez. The previous coach Jose Mourinho had appointed Diego Lopez as the number one goalkeeper at Santiago Bernabeu and had miserably quarreled with Casillas.
Ancelotti was informally questioned by the journalists that what would he do if his team, Madrid qualified for the Champions League provide that Casillas would not have played since last month in the Copa del Rey finals. The Coach, Ancelotti has tried to follow a strict selection method when it cam to the choice of the goal keepers, given that Casillas has played all the Copa del Rey matches as well as Champions League while Diego Lopez has been turned out for every match in the league. Despite this, Ancelotti views Lopez as No.1. This can also depend on the fact whether Ancelotti considers La Liga as a precedence competition before the Champions League.
Ancelotti mentioned that he was removing Iker from one or two of the league games but he will take his decision if they qualify for the Champion League’s Final.
Inspite of facing a very limited time for playing, Casillas had constantly gone setting new records. It is known that recently he had broken his club record highest amount of time without surrendering a goal. He is a part of the first side ever to arrive at the final match of the Copa del Rey without surrendering either.
On the other hand Vicente del Bosque has continuously preferred to pick Casillas for the National team.
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Iker Casillas has not played a league match for over 12 months, as he has been constantly sidelined due to their impressive form of Diego Lopez. He was only utilised for the European matches by former manager Jose Mourinho and this tradition has continued under Carlo Ancelotti as well. Lopez has done little wrong to suggest that he would be dropped. This has led to rumours linking Casillas with an exit in January or in the summer. The 32-year-old has played for Real Madrid throughout his career, but it seems that his time at the Santiago Bernabeu is coming to an end.
Ancelotti, though, retained hope that Casillas will not consider leaving the club despite his absence from the team. Managing to convince Casillas to stay at Madrid will be the next big thing for Carlo Ancelotti after he managed to persuade Xabi Alonso to extend his stay at the club. Alonso’s contract was coming to an end in the summer and there was speculation linking him with a return to Liverpool, but he has now made a U-turn and signed a two-year contract. Ancelotti has praised Alonso by saying that there are few players in the world like him.
The Italian is no stranger to defensive midfielders capable of playing the ball, as he developed the Andrea Pirlo into one of the best in the business. This team has some very important players that represent this club. For this reason we will do our all so that Casillas finishes his career at Real. He’s important to us for his quality, experience and how he plays. There’s nobody else around at his level. You can compare him with Pirlo, but Andrea is 35 years old,” said Ancelotti about Casillas and Alonso. Madrid are just one point behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the table.
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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has stated that he feels Iker Casillas will definitely leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after growing disillusioned of life at the Santiago Bernebeu. The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the icons at the club, but he has largely been used as a substitute for the last 12 months by two different managers. Mourinho was the first to drop him from the first team, but Carlo Ancelotti has stuck with the decision of the Portuguese. Diego Lopez has been the first choice for the club during this period.
Casillas has been one of the most successful players in the world after having lifted every major title with club and country including the World Cup. He has also lifted the Champions league title with Real Madrid. Despite such status, he has been constantly overlooked for the first-team spot. Casillas will have no shortage of interest from clubs elsewhere. Manchester City and Paris St Germain are thought to be monitoring the situation, while Arsenal also remain in the hunt for a top-class goalkeeper like Casillas.
“Manchester City definitely want Iker Casillas for next season. He’s known about it for a while, but they are not the only team that are after Iker Casillas. It will be up to him what he does next, obviously. But if he continues to not play, and he won’t unless Diego Lopez gets injured, then he wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season,” said Balague.
Casillas has played in the European matches for Real Madrid, but those appearances have not helped towards reducing the rumours about his future.
Balague says that Casillas will see until January if his position will improve or not and then he will make a decision to leave the club in the summer.
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There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Manchester city goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has suffered from declining performances in the last three seasons. This season he has been very poor so far, which has prompted speculation that the club may look to bring in a new top-class goalkeeper. Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas has been mentioned as a possible summer signing for the club. The Spaniard is regarded as one of the legends at Real Madrid, but he is finding it difficult to get game time due to the form of Diego Lopez.
He fell out with former manager José Mourinho and he has found it difficult to regain his place ever since. He has been linked with clubs like Arsenal in the last few months, but the arrival of Manchester city could significantly alter the perspective. City will not only be able to offer the enormous transfer fee, but the wages of the goalkeeper will also not be a problem. Defender Pablo Zabaleta, though, thinks that Manchester city should stick with Joe Hart itself because he is confident that the England number one will regain his form sooner rather than later.
Hart has also been backed by his teammates Micah Richards and Samir Nasri. The England number one has made some high-profile mistakes this season.
“At Manchester City we do not need Casillas. He’s been linked with other clubs. I hope he stays in Madrid,” said the Argentine defender. “He will bounce back because he is a strong character. He knows he could have done better. We all make mistakes,” said his international and club teammate, Micah Richards. “I think that when you are a top player like Joe, you don’t have problems with confidence. Everyone is behind him at the club,” said playmaker Samir Nasri.