Carlo Ancelotti backs Diego Lopez as Madrid keeper

Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez before his side's match against Manchester United on March 5, 2013
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Carlo Ancelotti says that Diego Lopez deserves his spot as Real Madrid's first-choice goalkeeper amid speculation surrounding the future of Iker Casillas.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praised on goalkeeper Diego Lopez after his clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Granada on Monday.

The 31-year-old's frequent starts in the first team has fuelled speculation that Iker Casillas could leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

However, Ancelotti has given his backing to Lopez and paid tribute to the stopper for his recent performances.

"Diego Lopez played the first game and now he has played the second game," Ancelotti told reporters.

"He is playing well at the moment. There is nothing more. The pressure is fuel to me [regarding the focus on the decision]."

Lopez rejoined Madrid in January from Sevilla.

Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas sits on the bench during a game with Betis on August 18, 2013
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