Official: Sevilla sign Diego Lopez from Villarreal

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper will join the Andalusians ahead of the 2012-13 season, ending a five-year spell with the Yellow Submarine following their relegation

Diego Lopez has joined Sevilla from relegated Villarreal, both clubs have revealed. The goalkeeper has signed a five-year deal with the Andalusians for an undisclosed fee.

Lopez's move comes after the Yellow Submarine were relegated from the Primera Division following their 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in their last game of the season.

The 30-year-old originally joined Villarreal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2007 for around €7 million and helped the club to a second-placed finish in his first season at El Madrigal.

Lopez is the first big-name player to announce his departure from the struggling side following their relegation, with the likes of Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar also believed to be nearing the exit door.