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Casillas unlikely to join Barca, says Xavi

18 April 2013 16:40

Barcelona star Xavi says Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will not leave to replace Victor Valdes at the Camp Nou.

Valdes has said he does not want to extend his contract and could be on his way out of Barca.

Casillas, 31, on the other hand has lost his starting berth at Real Madrid and has been linked with a move away.

Xavi believes it is unlikely Casillas will leave the Santiago Bernabeu side for their arch-rivals.

"I feel bad for Iker that he has ended up on the bench and I think it's unfair. I do not think that he will come to Barcelona, though," Xavi told El Mundo Deportivo.

"He's a real Madridista. We cannot look beyond that. I would welcome him with open arms, but I cannot see it happen to be honest."

The influential midfielder said he does not expect Valdes to change his plans for the future, while praising the goalkeeper for his fine performances.

"I know Victor pretty well and I do not think that he will have second thoughts. He is an extraordinary person and I am sad that he will leave," Xavi said.

"He is not only a friend, but also a real leader. He has probably received the worst treatment in the media I have ever seen in my career. He has always overcome criticism. The harsher the criticism, the better his performances."

The 31-year-old shot-stopper has made close to 500 official appearances for Barcelona since making his debut in 2002/03.

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