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Casillas: I'll stay at Real Madrid even if I'm not No.1

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is adamant that he would not quit the club even if he were to lose his position as their first-choice goalkeeper.

The Spain international has spent his entire career at the Santiago Bernabeu and still has another two years to run on his contract with the European champions.

However, his form has come under increasing scrutiny in the last year, while Madrid have been linked with a move for Manchester United star David de Gea, but Casillas insists that he will stay and fight for the No.1 shirt if he has to.

"I hope to fulfil my contract and a commitment that is signed has to be signed until the end," he told AS, "but I have to earn it and train myself for it. I will strive and I will fight for the position.

"Now I am at an age at which things are seen in a different way so, if I am not the starter, I will have a commitment with the younger ones.

"Why wouldn't I continue at Madrid if I am not the starting goalkeeper?"

For now, Casillas is concentrating on helping Los Blancos to become the first side to successfully defend the Champions League, with Carlo Ancelotti's men having booked their place in the last four of this year's tournament with a 1-0 aggregate win over rivals Atletico Madrid.

"Atletico always make it difficult but we deserved to pass through to the next round," the keeper remarked.

"Things are decided by details and you have to fight and struggle. Aside from having great players, they are a team of fight, struggle and effort."

Madrid will have former winners Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus for company in the semi-finals and Casillas thinks that there is very little to choose between the sides.

"We are talking about four great teams, four champions of Europe," he added. "There are very nice and exciting semi-finals that lie ahead."

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