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Casillas To Manchester City?

Spanish football correspondent, Guillem Balague, says that Iker Casillas “wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season” if he cannot win a regular place in the first-team.

Initially dropped by Jose Mourinho last season in what most considered a political gambit, Casillas has struggled to regain his place under Carlo Ancelotti.

Diego Lopez continues to keep World Cup winning skipper Casillas on the bench for the bulk of Real Madrid’s games, with Casillas allowed to stretch his legs during Champions League games only.

If Los Blancos win their sought after 10th European Cup with Casillas in goal, his legendary status at the club will only be enhanced further, and that may be all that is keeping him at the Bernabeu at present.

But Balague says that unless he wins his first-team spot back, Casillas wants out at the end of the campaign.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for one of Madrid’s greatest ever- and most loved- ‘keepers, who has won everything on offer with the giants from the Spanish capital.

And Balague says that Casillas has no shortage of high-profile suitors, should he opt to pack his bags and go, Manchester City chief amongst them.

"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,” Balague told Revista de La Liga.

"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.

"He's had enough and he's imagining the possibility of playing abroad. Although he loves the Premier League, maybe it doesn't suit his game as much as the Italian league or the German league.

"But he's going to have offers and if he continues like this, he will leave Real Madrid."

City ‘keeper Joe Hart is suffering a similar slide to Casillas at the Etihad, and could face stiff competition from players like Casillas, Victor Valdes or Asmir Begovic next season.

But City deny reports that he will be shipped out as early as January.

"There is a lot of news about six or seven goalkeepers that we want to buy but it is not true," said City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

"There is no chance that Joe Hart could go out of this squad in January."

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