Real Madrid have officially signed Diego Lopez from Sevilla for a speculated 3.5m euros on a three and a half-year contract. The move comes in the wake of Iker Casillas’ injury and then operation which has ruled him out for 2-3 months.
Earlier it was reported that it would be a loan deal with Sevilla but Sevilla wanted a permanent deal as Lopez has failed to maintain his place in the side despite moving in the summer for 3.0m euros and signing a five-year contract.
Diego Lopez started his career in Real Madrid youth ranks playing for Real Madrid C, Real Madrid Castilla and then also being backup option behind Iker Casillas under Fabio Capello. He then moved to Villarreal in 2007 for 6 million euros and after a while maintained his foothold for the Valencian side. Upon their relegation to Segunda Division in 2012, he moved to Sevilla. He has only made eight appearances this season and has been second fiddle to Palop.
Lopez knows what it is like to be at Real Madrid, he knows the culture, the pressure and the practices of the club. He was part of Real Madrid C from 2000-03, Castilla 2003-05 and first team 2005-07. He’s played 92 games for the club – 57 for Real Madrid C, 33 with Real Madrid Castilla and 2 with the first team.
Now with his move to Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see who remains first choice for Jose Mourinho.
Official statement from Sevilla:
Sevilla FC and Real Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who will now defend the goal of Real Madrid, seeking a goalkeeper after news that Casillas has been injured for about two months. Sevilla FC have recovered the investment this summer with the addition of Diego Lopez, who arrived in July 2012 to fight for starting place with captain Andres Palop. To date, Galician and Valencian had fought hard for the starting place in-goal for Sevilla without having problems with Michel , now, Unai Emery, that in the three games he has led the team where both have been lined up. Sevilla FC remain now with Palop and Julian, canterano goalkeeper in whom we have high hopes.
Official statement from Real Madrid:
Real Madrid C. F. and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Diego Lopez, to be bound to the club until the end of the 2016-2017 season.
What do you make of Lopez’s signing? Should Real Madrid have given Adan a chance and promoted other options from Canteranos – Jesus or Mejias or Pacheco (who is currently injured) or is this the right move?
Pictures from his first day back to Real Madrid have emerged..
As is shown in one of the pictures, Lopez will wear number 25 and has been named in the squad for noon fixture against Getafe tomorrow.