Real legend to thwart Arsenal interest in star

iker-casillasReal Madrid icon Zinedine Zidane is set to attempt to persuade Iker Casillas to reject Premier League interest and stay at the Bernabeu, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Spanish international captain has been linked with both Manchester City and Arsenal of late, following recent omissions from the first-team.

New boss Carlo Ancelotti has often opted to field Diego Lopez instead of Casillas – a set of circumstances that also occurred under former chief Jose Mourinho last season.

Naturally, the 32-year-old – who is widely thought of as one of the world’s best goalkeepers – has attracted much interest.

Arsenal and City have both been linked with moves for his signature, and speculation suggests that serious January bids could be tabled.

But, club ambassador Zidane is set to step in to convince the experienced stopper to stay put and believes that he will not be leaving.

“I don’t believe Casillas will leave the club but it is better to have these conversations face to face,” Zidane said.

City chief Manuel Pellegrini is said to see Casillas as the ideal replacement for Joe Hart, whom he is yet to be convinced by since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger is also keen, with a new goalkeeper said to be high in his list of priorities.

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