Cech out, Lopez in? - Mourinho said to be planning a 'keeper revamp at Stamford Bridge

Diego Lopez

Jose Mourinho is said to be planning a move for Diego Lopez in the summer - as he prepares to shake things up in the Chelsea goalkeeper department.

When Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid this summer to re-join his beloved Chelsea there were those at Real happy to see the back of their departing gaffer - while others were devastated at his decision to leave.

One such player was goalkeeper Diego Lopez:

“He will be a great loss to Madrid. Mourinho is a great coach and he has done big things for my career.”

Lopez, above all others, had reason to be upset at Mourinho’s departure.

The Portuguese had snapped up Lopez as goalkeeping cover in January last season - to cover for Iker Casillas, who had broken his hand.

Before long he had actually usurped Casillas as the number one stopper - and left the Bernabeu faithful wondering what had gotten into their great manager.

In the end it was just one of the many reasons that led to Mourinho’s unhappiness in Spain and his eventual departure.

Lopez has since gone on to remain the number one goalkeeper with Los Blancos - and Mourinho is said to be keen on snapping up the keeper once again.

He has reportedly become increasingly perturbed by the performances of Petr Cech - who has had an up and down season with the club.

He is said to be certain of snapping up Lopez in the summer - as part of a complete revamp in the goalkeeping department.

Spanish paper Sport believe that he will make a swoop for Lopez to do battle with Thibaut Courtois - while Cech and veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer would be allowed to leave the club.

It would be a major shake-up - and Lopez would be risking the number one status he has managed to possess at Madrid since early in the year.

But it would give him the chance to work with Mourinho again - a manager he clearly holds a good rapport with.

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