Chelsea snubbed by Iker Casillas replacement

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Chelsea have been told to forget about signing the man that ousted Iker Casillas as number on at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho took Diego Lopez to the Santiago Bernabeu when Casillas was sidelined with a hand injury and the Express report that the Portuguese was keen to take the goalkeeper with him to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of appointing Mourinho for a second time as manager and he will set out a number of transfer targets.

The Express report claims he had been keen on the 31-year-old to provide some competition for current Chelsea number one Petr Cech.

However, the Blues will have to look elsewhere for a goalkeeping understudy, as Lopez has insisted he is happy where he is.

"I have a contract for many years. It is difficult to be unhappy at Madrid,” he is quoted as saying.

“I believe in competition for places and I believe the goalkeeping position will be open like any other place in the team. I am relaxed, trying to do things as well as possible.”

The former Sevilla number one will have a tough task in keeping his place ahead of Casillas once Jose Mourinho departs at the end of the season.

Lopez was brought in during the January transfer window to cover for Casillas’ injury, but a reported falling out between Mourinho and the Spain number one was behind Lopez keeping his place.

Casillas is a major figure in the Real Madrid dressing room and has a lot of influence at the club, so he will be expected to be first choice once again next season, despite Lopez’s hopes.

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