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Iker Casillas’ tweet about coming out of the closet was a ‘joke’ – report

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Iker Casillas stunned the world by taking to Twitter to officially announcing that he is gay to the public.

With Barcelona legend Carles Puyol showcasing his support to his former Spanish teammate, it seemed like a landmark moment for a player of the ex-Real Madrid skipper’s stature to come out.

However, some speculated that the 41-year old’s account could well be hacked, which is commonplace with celebrities. A fresh revelation has now clarified all the questions, including the truth behind the tweet.

As per the latest information provided by AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Iker Casillas was not hacked, as he put the tweet out as a joke to stop the media from linking him to new women on a constant basis.

Since the tweet was first posted and went viral, it has now been deleted.

At first, it seemed as if Carles Puyol had perhaps admitted to being gay as well, as he had mentioned how the world finally knew about their sexual orientation.

Many praised Casillas for taking such a brave step and paving the way for other footballers to come out without the fear of being judged.

However, the revelation about the former Porto shot-stopper merely tweeting in jest has made a mockery of a serious issue.

Considering it is well-known that several footballers tend to keep their sexual orientation private, due to the toxicity within the sport towards such matters, Iker Casillas has not made things any easier for him side.

Despite wielding the power to incite positive change in the sport in unprecedented fashion, the veteran’s tweet has come across as out of touch, with plenty of fans and journalists speaking in opposition of the now-retired legend.

Only time will tell how Iker Casillas reacts to the understandable backlash.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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