Casillas rules out imminent move

Iker Casillas admits he will not be Real Madrid’s No. 1 forever but has ruled out a move away from the Bernabeu any time soon.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper is yet to feature in La Liga this term, with his eight appearances all coming in the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. Diego Lopez has taken charge of league duties.

A lack of regular first-team starts has prompted speculation in the media over the shot-stopper’s future as he aims to retain his place as first-choice in the Spain starting line-up.

However, appearing on the Antena 3 network in Spain, the 152-cap international explained it would be a long time before he considers leaving Real Madrid.

"In the future I see myself out of Real Madrid, inside ten years," he told the El Hormiguero show.

"At 38 it will be much more difficult for me. Today, I’m one of Los Blancos. I’m delighted to be at Real Madrid. In five or six years, we’ll see."

Rumors in recent weeks have linked Casillas with a switch to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester City both said to be interested.

"Many people are speculating about my situation," he added. "It’s not the same as it has been in recent years.

"Every day rumours appear and whilst these stories appear, I belong to Real Madrid, which is the club of my life.

"I want to stay here. Right now, my decision is to stay at Real Madrid. I want to get the tenth [European Cup], more trophies and more league titles."

Casillas, who is in the unusual position of being Spain’s No. 1 goalkeeper yet not at club level, believes the competition provided by Lopez is keeping him on his feet.

"It’s the coaches who decide what’s best," he said. "I don’t have a problem with that. I compete. I like the challenges.

"Whenever I was in the spotlight, I wanted to show why I was there. Competition is a good thing and I’m not worried. My intention is to train well and enjoy myself."