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.”