Tottenham and Manchester City's hopes of bringing Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez to the Premier League have collapsed after the Spaniard expressed his intention to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Spanish reports.
Lopez moved to Madrid in January 2013 after the Spanish giants paid £3m to Sevilla to secure his services. The keeper, who came through Real's academy, was expected to be Iker Casillas' understudy but eventually usurped the Madrid legend.
Even when Jose Mourinho was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Lopez remained Real's first-choice, with Casillas being used only in Champions League and Copa del Rey matches.
So far it has been speculated that the keepers are not happy at all with that situation and in the summer one of them could leave the club.
However, in an interview with Cadena SER's 'El Larguero', Lopez talked about his future plans as well as denying speculation of a move, saying: "I am very happy.
"I do not expect to play or not play – I knew it would be difficult to be the starter but I am confident in my abilities and I knew I had to give my all and work hard."
Asked about the controversial situation surrounding the goalkeeper split, he said: "I have a good relationship with Iker [Casillas], the things between us change with age but not because anything in particular has happened.
"I respect and admire Iker, I have always admired him. Iker has never shown me a lack of respect nor I to him. We have a cordial, natural relationship.
"What I see in both Iker and myself is the love from the fans. This is what I lacked in Sevilla. I cannot say a single thing against Iker, because it would not be true."
Both Tottenham and Manchester City have reportedly been interested in the goalkeeper over recent months, along with Borussia Dortmund. But the 32-year-old has decided to break his silence and showed his desire to stay at Bernabeu, saying: "My idea is to continue at Real Madrid.
"It is a great challenge for me. There is no better club in the world than Real Madrid."