Diego Lopez key to Real Madrid success, says Iker Casillas

Diego Lopez key to Real Madrid success, says Iker Casillas


Ousted Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has hailed Diego Lopez for his part in Los Blancos’ performances this season.

Lopez has played a key role in the side that sits top of La Liga and last tasted defeat back in October against Barcelona. Club captain Iker Casillas has had to settle for a bit-part role, making appearances in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

And despite reports of a summer move for the World Cup winner, the 32-year-old insists he is happy at the club and willing to work hard to reclaim his spot in the side.

In quotes published by AS, he said: “Diego Lopez has had a big hand in the fact that we’re top. He’s doing very well. When I play, I have to do well.”

He also said he was growing tired of the continued debate in the press about who should be the starting keeper, and he respects Carlo Ancelotti’s decisions.

“You always have to analyse what the players have contributed. You have to follow orders. Everyone wants more and that’s good.

“If his decision is for me to take part in these two competitions [Copa del Rey and Champions League], I’m very happy with that. That’s been the case for months now, and we can’t always be on the same issue,” he stated.