Reported Chelsea target Lopez focused on Espanyol

By Nicholas McGee 25 January 2017 153
Reported Chelsea target Lopez focused on Espanyol

Diego Lopez says he is focusing on Espanyol amid talk of a move to Chelsea.

Goalkeeper Lopez, who is on loan at Espanyol from Serie A side AC Milan, has been talked up as a replacement for Asmir Begovic at Stamford Bridge.

Begovic, who is serving as Thibaut Courtois' deputy, is keen to play more regularly and Chelsea reportedly rejected a bid from Bournemouth for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

But asked about Chelsea's apparent interest, Lopez said: "It affects me positively. This kind of news is good for me because it's a recognition of my job. 

"But beyond that I am calm and focus on Espanyol until the 30th of June."

On the prospect of extending his time in LaLiga with Espanyol, the former Real Madrid keeper added: "Hopefully we can prolong out relationship after that.

"Nothing is going to happen until 30 June and from there AC Milan and Espanyol will have to give a step forward but I have repeated what I want. 

"If Espanyol want me they already know my intentions but they will need to reach an agreement [with Milan]. 

"At times, we are a bit selfish but I am honest and I thank the club because they had confidence on me in a difficult moment."

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