No United offer for Iker
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iker Casillas' agent insists Man Utd have not made a formal offer for the goalkeeper.The agent of Iker Casillas insists Manchester United have not made a formal offer for the Real Madrid goalkeeper, but admits the Premiership giants are interested in the Spanish number one.
Casillas has recently expressed his desire to extend his contract at Real, which expires in June 2006.
Despite this, reports in both England and Spain continue to suggest that United are weighing up a multi-million pound bid to try and prise the 24-year-old from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Sir Alex Ferguson is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper with neither Roy Carroll nor Tim Howard having done enough to convince as the long-term solution for the role.
Casillas is rated as one of Europe's finest and already has a wealth of top-level experience despite his tender years having broken into Real's first team at the age of just 17.
However, his representative Gines Carvajal claims he has received no approach from Old Trafford, but is convinced The Red Devils do hold a long-standing interest in his client.
"I only know what has been published in newspapers, but they are just rumours," he told skysports.com.
"The interest of United is always a certain story every season."
The prospect of Casillas moving from Real appears highly unlikely given his recent assertion that he wanted to remain with the Primera titans for as long as they wanted him.
Real seem equally certain they want him to stay, and director of sport Emilio Butragueno has intimated that he intends to open contract talks within the next few weeks.