Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez was delighted to keep his place for their 5-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Lopez was expected to be dropped for Iker Casillas after the latter's performance in the Champions League against Juventus.

"I'm removed from this kind of talk, although it might seem impossible," said Lopez.

"I dedicate myself to my work and to fighting for a position in the line-up. It's only logical that I'm not going to make it easier. I'm going to struggle to continue being the opening goalkeeper in La Liga. I'll support my teammate when the manager decides that he's going to play. We all want to win the three titles.

"There's nothing else to think about. I've known Iker since I was 18, for about 14 years, and I've always had a good relationship with him. Competition is the best thing for a team and in this team there's competition over all the positions. It's wonderful to compete in this team with a keeper like Iker. We're both after the spot and we both give everything we have to play."

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