Saturday, 26th January, 2013

Following an injury to Iker Casillas, which should keep him out of action for up to eight weeks, Real Madrid have moved to bring in a replacement.

Jose Mourinho’s men have swooped to snap up shot-stopper Diego Lopez from Sevilla for a fee of around €4M.

The 31-year-old has penned a contract running until 2017 at the Bernabeu and will provide opposition for Casillas when the Spain international returns from injury, as well as filling in now.

Lopez has only made eight appearances in La Liga this season, with goalkeeping rival Andres Palop enjoying more playing time; the 39-year-old has made 13 appearances in La Liga for Sevilla.


The Spaniard has spent time at Real Madrid before, turning out for the club’s C and B teams, before making a handful of starts for the senior side.

Now Lopez is heading back to Los Blancos and he will hope to help them in their upcoming Copa del Rey tie against bitter rivals Barcelona.

The goalkeeper clocked up his longest spell of appearances at Villarreal, between 2007 and 2012.

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