Diego Lopez
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Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez should Hugo Lloris decide to leave the club at the end of the season, with the French keeper recently leaving the door open should Spurs fail to secure Champions League football.

Diego Lopez moved to the Santiago Bernabeu 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's understudy, eventually usurped Madrid legend Iker Casillas.

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.

Nevertheless, it is understood that the keepers are not happy at all with that decision and in the summer one of them will leave the club.

According to Italian newspaper TuttoSport both Milan and Tottenham are monitoring this situation as they are keen on signing Lopez.

The Italian side want the Real Madrid man to replace Christian Abbiati, who at 37 is approaching the end of his career, while Spurs are considering his signing just in case Lloris leave the club.

The French keeper moved to White Hart Lane from Lyon in the summer of 2012 and although he has become a pivotal player for Spurs, he recently suggested that he may move away in the summer if Tottenham doesn't secure a place in the Premier League top four.

"The objective is to reach the Champions League. After that, it's to close the gap on the biggest teams in the league," Lloris said.

"Without Champions League football? I've not thought about it. I must weigh things up at the end of the season."

In case Lloris decides to leave, Arsenal and Monaco are reportedly ready to battle for his services, with Tottenham expecting to recoup a lucrative amount of money having paid £11.8m for him just two seasons ago.