AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez has refused to rule out a move away from the Rossoneri, according to manager Vincenzo Montella.
AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has revealed that goalkeeper Diego Lopez is yet to decide on his future amidst reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. The Spanish veteran has played second fiddle to breakout teenage sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has been hailed as the next Gianluigi Buffon. The 34-year-old has been linked to a move away from AC Milan and Evening Standard report the keeper is yet to make up his mind.
Vincenzo Montella talked to the press on Thursday morning in Minneapolis as he saw his team crash to a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the last fixture of their pre-season tour of the United States. The Italian was asked about the 34-year-old’s possible transfer to Chelsea, to which he said,“ He is a great goalkeeper but he doesn’t know what the future holds for him as it has not been decided.”
This would be an indication that the club is yet to decide on the experienced Spaniard’s future at the club. Montella, however, added that the keeper himself had ruled out either staying at Milan or moving to Chelsea. The current understudy to Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic has also been rumoured to be on the brink of an exit from Stamford Bridge. The Bosnian does not want to be the second option at the club anymore. In the midst of all this, Antonio Conte has reportedly offered Diego Lopez to be the new number two for the club, whose basic knowledge of Italian would also help the new manager during training sessions.
This news would boost Chelsea’s hopes of landing the former Real Madrid man, who is more likely to be satisfied playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois than the 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma. The move is still a long way from being complete as there has been no report of a bid being placed by Chelsea. AC Milan are, however, unlikely to stand in the way of the Spaniard leaving them. The Rossoneri already have youngsters ready to take Lopez’s place as the new number two to Donnarumma and it looks like a move to Chelsea will suit Lopez more than staying at Milan.