Dudek: No space for Lopez at Madrid

The former Blancos goalkeeper says the Spaniard had to leave the club because it already had too much quality in that area

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek says Diego Lopez left the club to join AC Milan because there was not sufficient space for him at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish capital side signed Costa Rica World Cup hero Keylor Navas in the summer transfer window, leaving the ex-Sevilla shot-stopper to fight it out with Iker Casillas – an icon at the Bernabeu club – for the other goalkeeping slot.

“It’s lucky for Madrid to have two such great goalkeepers,” Dudek, who spent four years with Real but mustered only two league appearances, was quoted as saying by AS. “Diego Lopez went to Milan because there is space for two good goalkeepers, but not three.

“I think it’s very positive to rely on two goalkeepers of the high level. Keylor had a great World Cup and gained a lot of confidence. That is good for Madrid.”

Lopez, 32, made 52 league appearances for Real after joining the club in the January transfer window of 2013, and established himself as first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga last term.

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