Zinedine Zidane says he will hold talks with Manchester City and Arsenal target Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane says is planning talks with Iker Casillas, reportedly in a bid to prevent to goalkeeper leaving for the Premier League.
Casillas, 32, has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester City after starting this season as second choice ‘keeper at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The legendary Spain international, who is captain of both Los Blancos and the World Champions, was dropped last season by Jose Mourinho after a well-publicised feud with the Portuguese.
But new head-coach Carlo Ancelotti has kept faith with Diego Lopez and the Italian is reportedly only planning to use Casillas in the Champions League and domestic cups.
Zidane, who is also Real’s sporting director, is confident Casillas will not depart but says he will hold talks with the stopper.
“I don’t believe Casillas will leave the club but it is better to have these conversations face to face,” said the Frenchman.
Arsenal were linked with Casillas in late August but snapped up Palermo’s Emanuel Viviano on a season-long loan deal on deadline day.
Man City, managed by former Real boss Manuel Pellegrini, are monitoring Casillas situation, while Barcelona have also been linked with a shock swoop for the player, who has made over 650 appearances for Los Merengues.
With the World Cup in Brazil next summer, Casillas faces competition from Man United’s David de Gea, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina to remain as Spain’s first choice between the sticks.