Pau Lopez did not play a single second of first-team football during his forgettable 2016/17 loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur so perhaps it is no surprise that he has rejected the chance to return to North London, according to ABC Sevilla.
The Spanish under-21 goalkeeper arrived on loan at Spurs after impressing as Espanyol’s first-choice shot-stopper in La Liga, but it quickly became apparent that Mauricio Pochettino did not think he was ready to challenge Hugo Lloris, or even Michel Vorm, for a place in the senior squad.
Lopez spent the entire season with the reserves despite being highly-rated by the Argentine boss, but Spurs missed the chance to tie him down to a permanent deal.
The Guardian stated last summer that Tottenham passed up the chance to sign Lopez for £6 million in January and only offered £2 million a few months later. Espanyol, unsurprisingly, were not keen to let one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers leave for so little.
And even though his contract is due to expire this summer, Tottenham have missed the chance to sign Lopez on a permanent basis for a second time.
ABC Sevilla claim that Tottenham have been in touch with the 23-year-old about a return to North London on a free transfer, but it is understood that he has instead committed to signing for La Liga rivals Real Betis in the summer.
Interestingly, Tottenham were not the only European giant keen. Juventus, who knocked Spurs out the Champions League in midweek, had also identified Lopez as a potential long-term successor for Gianluigi Buffon.
So time will tell whether he has made the right call heading to Betis.
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