New Tottenham goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who joined the club on a season-long loan on deadline day, has suggested he could make a permanent move to North London.
Lopez penned an open letter to Espanyol supporters on the club’s official website, bidding the fans farewell and explaining his reasons for leaving for Spurs.
In quotes translated by Football Espana, Lopez said: “Several circumstances meant I could not have said goodbye as I would have liked.
“Firstly, it was my decision alone to leave the club. The manager and board told me they did not wish for me to leave, but I took the decision.
“Secondly, it was a personal decision to move on as I believe it will enhance my professional career and allow me to keep improving.
“I also want to thank the fans who have stuck with me through the bad times and the good, offering words of comfort and encouragement.”
He added: “Espanyol has been my home for eight years and will continue to be so in my head.
“Fans can be sure that, no matter what happens in the future, this club will stay in my heart.”
These don’t sound like the words of a player who will be returning to his parent club when the loan deal ends, suggesting Lopez could make a permanent move to Tottenham at the end of the season.