Diego Lopez is not a footballing legend, last featured in an international match for Spain in 2009 and two years ago he was not even playing regular first-team football.
However, since January 2013, the 32-year-old has been the best goalkeeper at Real Madrid – better than club legend Iker Casillas.
It was current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who sanctioned the recruitment of Lopez from Sevilla in January 2013 and instantly made him his first choice.
Lopez remained the first choice for Madrid in La Liga under Mourinho’s successor at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, Carlo Ancelotti, while Casillas featured in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
Interestingly, it was the two cup competitions that Los Blancos won and finished as low as third in the league.
And this, according to Goal.com, is a reason why, having signed Keylor Navas from Levante this summer, Madrid want to sell Lopez and retain the services of Casillas.
Another reason why Lopez is being preferred to Casillas by the Madrid bosses, according to Goal.com, is his connection with Mourinho.
‘Seemingly, he has been punished by his association with Mourinho and the fact that the club have ended up without a trophy in all of the competitions he has played (Liga, Copa and Champions League in 2012-13 and the Primera Division again in 2013-14)’, states the report.
It might come as a surprise to some why a goalkeeper signed by a former manager should be shipped out because of his 'association' with him, but given how political Madrid (and Barcelona) are, this could well be true.
One of the reasons why Gonzalo Higuain was sold last summer and Karim Benzema was retained was that the former was brought in by the club’s erstwhile president Ramon Calderon while the latter was a ‘Galactico’ signing made by Florentino Perez himself.
Last season Lopez was one of the few players who did not fall out with Mourinho – Casillas did. There are reports about the two goalkeepers not seeing eye to eye at the Santiago Bernabeu and, given the iconic status that the 2010 World Cup champion holds, it is clear that there is only one winner in this war.