Lopez ‘not at Madrid for nothing’

Diego Lopez has reflected upon his joy at returning to Real Madrid and on his belief that he merits his position within the squad.

The goalkeeper was signed late on Friday as the club moved to cover Iker Casillas during his potential three-month lay-off with a fractured hand.

For Lopez, this transfer was a return to the club that he represented at C, B and senior level from 2000 to 2007.

“It’s a great joy to be here. I am not thinking of replacing Casillas, but about the day-to-day, about Wednesday’s match and about being ready when the Coach needs me and it’s my turn to help the team,” the 31-year-old told reporters at his presentation today.

“Casillas and I are two goalkeepers and we have to solve the situation together. I have come here to give everything.

“They have signed me for a reason, I’m ready to play and I have confidence in myself and in my potential. If Real Madrid has signed me it’s because they trust in my skills.

“It’s a pleasure to come home, to my home, my club. It’s a great joy to be here. Everything is pretty much like I left it.”

Lopez was already in the matchday squad by the Sunday and was asked how the move from Sevilla came about.

“I didn’t have any contact with anyone. It was my agent who told me and I didn’t hesitate.

“I’ve always said that it was a shame to leave and to come back now is an opportunity and a challenge for me. I never hesitated.

“I thank the President as well as the board of directors and training team for this opportunity. To work and do my best to help the club and, from there, to reach our goals.”

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