Carlo Ancelotti faces goalkeeping conundrum at Real Madrid

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Diego Lopez has served Real Madrid for the past two seasons, winning over fans and taking over the starting spot from club poster boy Iker Casillas.

Even the biggest of Madrid fans will agree with the statement that Lopez has served his team better than Casillas.

With the arrival of Keylor Navas, Carlo Ancelotti, who managed to give each of the two Spaniards opportunities last season, faces a dilemma. Keeping three first-team 'keepers would be a nightmare, and it would be nearly impossible to keep all of them happy.

Goalkeeping conundrum

You can't have one keeper for the league, one for Copa del Rey and one for Champions League. This is an impossible conundrum, one that can only be solved by disposing of one of the three.

Casillas played in the Copa Del Rey an Champions League last season, which adds up to approximately 20 games compared to Lopez's 36  in La Liga. With Navas expected to play as the number one goalkeeper, Lopez would have no chance in keeping up those sort of numbers.

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Navas upgrade

In truth, Navas does represent an upgrade in goalkeeping for Real Madrid, but it seems unfair that Lopez could be the one forced out. Casillas may be sentimental to the club, but it is clear that he is no longer in top form.

Mistakes in high-profile games in the Champions League (especially in the final) and during the World Cup have offered a good picture as to what Casillas is like now.

For Lopez the options are good with a few rumours flying around. For some reason Chelsea supposedly are interested in him, but that would put him in the exact same situation.

Napoli and Monaco are also possibilities. For Lopez, choices are plenty.

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