Casillas rejects record Man City offer

MADRID - Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has rejected a move to big-spending Manchester City, which was ready to pay a world record ß150 million (about R195million) for the Spanish international, Spanish media said.

MADRID - Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has rejected a move to big-spending Manchester City, which was ready to pay a world record ß150 million (about R195million) for the Spanish international, Spanish media said.

Under the deal, Casillas would have received ß13million (R17 million) a year to play for the English Premier League side, bought in September by the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Private Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, which is usually well-informed, said Manchester City made the written offer to the player's agent Luis Garcia Abad.

It was not forwarded to Real as Casillas immediately rejected it, the station said.

The offer of ß150 million euros would dwarf the current world record ß76 million paid by Real Madrid to Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

Casillas, 27, nicknamed Saint Iker in Spain, is one of the world's best goalkeepers and played a leading role in Spain's Euro 2008 victory.

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