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Iker Casillas is fully focused and determined of accomplishing a feat with Real Madrid that has been completed before and that objective this season is to successfully defend the Champions League silverware.
Real Madrid won the Champions League of the previous season after defeating Athletic Madrid in the finals and now the captain of Real Madrid wants to put his name in the history books of the European tournament by becoming the first squad on defending it in successive seasons.
“We experienced it with the strength we have always had. We came very close to one or two more finals, but in the end we won our tenth European title last season,” he said at the unveiling of Madrid’s new Champions League kit. It’s difficult to defend the title, but we have more desire and determination than last year. We have a very good squad and a spectacular team, which is also more experienced and more mature. I hope we can win the Undecima.”
Real Madrid is always eager and hungry on adding more and more trophies to their collection and they are showing no signs at all of slowing down after a summer transfer window that saw the club splashing out more than €100 million in order to further upgrade the squad.
Gareth Bale is another player of Real Madrid that is thirsty for even more success by securing the 11th Champions League title for his club.
“Winning the club’s 10th title was fantastic for everyone. Scoring a goal in the European Cup final is one of my biggest dreams and it was a good season for the team. I felt fulfilled. We have to look to the future and try to win it again. We want to make history by winning the Champions League again’’ Bale said.
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Arsenal recently completed the £ 3 million signing of goalkeeper David Ospina. However, this transfer may not prevent the expected arrival of Iker Casillas after it has been reported in German tabloid Bild that the Premier league outfit still regard the Real Madrid goalkeeper as a key transfer target. Casillas has been linked with a move to Arsenal for several months. His poor form coupled with the inability to feature in the team on a regular basis is widely expected to see him leave the club where he has been since the start of his career.
Casillas has been a first-team regular for Madrid since making his debut in the 1999-2000 season. Over the years, he has made close to 700 appearances in all competitions for the European champions. This also includes close to 500 league matches as well. Despite raking in huge number of appearances, Casillas has also been one of the most successful goalkeepers in the world. He has won a major trophy – both club and international level – with Madrid and the Spanish national team. Due to the inconsistent performances from Wojciech Szczesny, it is rumoured that Arsenal are considering an offer for Casillas.
It is widely reported that Casillas has agreed to leave Madrid next summer on a free transfer, despite having a contract until 2016, after talks with president Florentino Perez. The major stumbling block between a move to Arsenal may be his £ 150,000 per week demands in wages. Arsenal are believed to have offered only around £ 100,000 per week. Real Madrid recently brought in another goalkeeper in the form of Keylor Navas. This has pushed Casillas even down the pecking order considering that Navas had an excellent World Cup 2014 in sharp contrast to Casillas, who was criticised for Spain’s early exit from the tournament.
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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has added to the transfer rumours surrounding Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas by saying that he would love to see the Spaniard at the Emirates stadium in the summer. Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Casillas in the summer. The Real Madrid captain has reportedly grown tired of being on the bench despite being one of the top goalkeepers in the world. Casillas has been used only in cup competitions this season, as Carlo Ancelotti has not changed the philosophy set by former manager Jose Mourinho.
Diego Lopez has been preferred for the league matches and this seems to be causing a lot of trouble with the goalkeepers. Hence, Casillas is widely expected to leave the Spanish club in the summer. He has played for only Madrid throughout his career. The 32-year-old has achieved a lot in the game after winning all there is to win with both Real Madrid and Spanish national team. Cazorla has stated that he is extremely disappointed with Arsenal’s inability to win trophies and he has stated that the club should bring in top class players in the summer.
He has also expressed his desire to see Casillas, who is his Spanish international teammate, play for Arsenal.
“I’ve told Iker I would like him to join Arsenal. But so far he has just been curious about my experience in England. His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision. Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal. But I think it would be very difficult to leave Real because he knows what he has at Madrid, and what he could find at another club,” said Cazorla. Casillas made his debut for Madrid back in 1999 and is close to making 500 league appearances for the club.
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