Tottenham fringe player reveals whether he regrets signing for Pochettino
By Tony Hughes
Pau Lopez has revealed he has no regrets about joining Tottenham.
The goalkeeper completed a season-long loan transfer from Espanyol on the final day of the summer window.
The Spain Under-21 international is yet to make his Spurs debut as he waits in line behind senior keeper duo Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.
But Lopez, 21, is happy to bide his time after expressing his delight at being reunited with Mauricio Pochettino, who brought him through the ranks at Espanyol.
“Mauricio made everything possible, if he wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play here,” said Lopez, as quoted by the official Tottenham website. “He trusted me when I was a youth player at Espanyol. I’m very grateful to him.
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“I love it here, the training, life here is good. Even the weather is good, not that it’s a problem for me.”
The Evening Standard reported that Spurs will pay £500,000 for the goalkeeper’s loan until the end of the season and have an option to sign him permanently at the end of his spell for £6million.
Pochettino’s side also have the welcome distraction of the Champions League this season, so a busy fixture list could provide Lopez with first-team action in domestic competitions.
Espanyol academy graduate Lopez made his debut in 2014 for the Spanish club, who were previously managed by Pochettino, and accumulated 48 senior appearances.
Lopez, who joined the youth set-up at Espanyol in 2007, made 38 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last term, as he conceded 74 goals, which included seven clean sheets.
In other Tottenham news, a finale has been reached in their deadline pursuit of a La Liga ace.