Tottenham 22-year-old granted permission to head to Barcelona - report
By Amir Mir
Tottenham have granted Pau Lopez permission to travel to Barcelona and visit his old teammates, according to a report.
Goalkeeper Lopez is on a season-long loan from La Liga club Espanyol, who are based in Barcelona.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim the 22-year-old was allowed by his current club to visit his teammates back in his homeland for two days.
It is said the shot-stopper was at the club’s Dani Jarque Sports Centre, which is dedicated to the club’s former captain who passed away in 2009.
During his time in north London, Lopez is yet to make a single appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in all competitions.
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First team regular Hugo Lloris and backup Michel Vorm have been the options used by the Argentine this season in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Lopez has played five games in Premier League 2 for Spurs’ under-23 squad, keeping one clean sheet during those encounters with his last appearance coming last Friday during the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal.
Aside from the PL, Pochettino’s side are still competing in the FA Cup, so it will be difficult for Lopez to be given his first start for his current club, with his loan deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Frenchman Lloris looks set to continue between the sticks as the Champions League chasers aim for a top four spot, while Vorm will be hoping to guide his team to the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the weekend when they take on Millwall.
In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts has stated that he wouldn’t swap this Spurs quartet for anyone in the world.