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Diego Lopez: Real Madrid exit rumors are a 'joke'

It has been rumored that the 32-year-old is upset that he plays second fiddle to Iker Casillas for cup games, but he insists that he has no problem fighting for the No. 1 jersey.

Diego Lopez has refuted reports that he is unhappy at Real Madrid, joking that he will only leave if the club kicks him out of the Santiago Bernabeu on his backside.

It has been claimed that the 32-year-old goalkeeper is frustrated by the fact that he is only Carlo Ancelotti's first choice for Liga games, with club captain Iker Casillas always preferred for Champions League and Copa del Rey clashes.

However, Lopez says he is more than happy to fight for the No. 1 jersey and insists that he is not in the least bit unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I have said many times," he is quoted as saying by Sportyou, "I have three years on my contract and I'll only leave if they kick me out on my ass. The rumors are a joke. I'll stay here. I'm very happy here and I will continue to fight for everything."

Lopez joined Madrid from Sevilla during the January 2013 transfer window for a reported 3.5 million euro transfer fee.

The once-capped Spain international is expected to start in goal for Madrid in Saturday night's Liga meeting with Almeria at the Bernabeu but will most likely revert to the bench for Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona at Mestalla.

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