Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez will not be leaving the Bernabeu despite the arrival of Costa Rican, Keylor Navas, according to his agent, Manolo García-Quilón.
The 27-year Navas took full advantage of the World Cup shop-window, with a string of impressive performances, helping Costa Rica advance from a difficult group that included England, Italy and Uruguay.
End for Casillas?
His £8 million arrival from Levante set tongues wagging that either Lopez or Spanish captain Iker Casillas could very well be surplus to requirements.
The Spanish captain fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid following a return from injury and coupled with the sublime form of Diego Lopez, Mourinho was left with no option but to pick him ahead of Casillas.
Adding to this, Casillas was vilified for his poor showing in Brazil after the defending champions were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands and then 2-0 by Chile, in both cases he was guilty of making basic errors.
Lopez, who joined Real Madrid from Sevilla last season, established himself as Los Blancos number one stopper under Jose Mourinho, with his form reportedly attracting interest from a host of top clubs, most notably Napoli and Monaco, two clubs that will guarantee him regular football both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League.
However his agent Manolo García-Quilón has reacted swiftly to the speculation surrounding his player, telling the Marca that his client is committed to Real Madrid and will be remaining with the club that he is contracted too until 2017.
"Diego is not going anywhere."
"He wants to be a regular starter at Real Madrid and is going to work harder than ever for them. He is going to put everything he has into the club", he stressed.
García-Quilón went on to quash any rumours that there has been contact from Napoli, which he categorically denied, stressing again that his client is determined to prove his worth to Carlo Ancelotti and fight for his position at the club.
"He will convince the coaching team once again that he is a Real Madrid goalkeeper."
Lopez has been in top form since joining Madrid
Considering Lopez's form since he made the move to Madrid, one has to believe that he has every chance of establishing himself as the number one keeper at the Bernabeu, however where does this leave Iker Casillas?
The Spanish captain has been way below par over the last few years, in fact at times he has been terrible for both club and country.
Lack of confidence
The Real legend has to be suffering a crisis of confidence, especially since his pathetic World Cup showing, and one wonders if it continues, how long will it take Ancelotti to face the wrath of the Real Madrid faithful and drop their favourite son?
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