Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez has confirmed he will not be returning to Tottenham following his season-long loan with the club.
The 22-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for the first team last term, but that didn’t stop Spurs making a bid to turn his temporary stay in to a permanent one.
However, things didn’t work out, with Espanyol rejecting a €2 million bid and Tottenham refusing to make a higher offer.
Lopez confirmed to Spanish outlet Diario AS (quotes published by The London Evening Standard) that he would not be returning to Spurs.
Speaking about reports suggesting he would join Tottenham permanently, he said: “I do not know where all this comes from.
“Nobody has told me that [Espanyol] do not count on me and I will be here all season, no matter what.
“I am happy to be at home because Espanyol is my home and I am happy with my teammates. When you spend one year away you value even more when you return.”
He added: “[In London] you are out of the comfort zone and that makes you evolve on a personal level, you also know a new league and a new way of training.
“I was in a team with incredible players and a coach to whom I am thankful for the experience they gave me.”
There’s a good chance Spurs will make another move for Lopez when his contract is up at the end of the season.