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Arsenal on alert as Casillas considers Real exit

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Casillas: Play me or lose me

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he may leave the club if he continues to miss out on first-team football, with Arsenal in line to make a move for the Spaniard.

Casillas has lost his place to Diego Lopez in the Madrid goal, and after a decade at the club admits he might seek playing time elsewhere if he cannot win his place back in Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up within the space of three months, and Arsenal could be ready to pounce having monitored the 32-year-old for a number of seasons.

"Players go through moments when if you are not playing a part you think about making some sort of decision," Casillas, who began to feature on the bench under Jose Mourinho last season, said.

"Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid. I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.

"I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn't change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave."

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