It didn’t last long. Hours after Chelsea were named as the biggest threat to take Diego López from Espanyol, the goalkeeper was quick to dismiss the rumours.

Speaking at a press conference, Lopez claimed he’s focused on staying at the Spanish club.

“There are many factors. I am on the sidelines, playing, and it is my agent’s matter, although we will see if there is agreement or not, we depend on Milan because they have my rights and must decide whether or not I return.”

On Chelsea’s interest last summer, the player said: “I felt very flattered and now I do not know what will happen this summer and if the interest stays.

“My intention is to continue here.” (via Sport)

López signed for Espanyol at the start of the season on a loan deal from AC Milan, but as the La Liga club have no buying option over him, there’s speculation about his future.

Despite having arrived at the Italian club from Real Madrid with some high status, López was left aside to make room for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan’s biggest prospect in the past few years.

Chelsea links this time around seemed strange because López was presented as a possible Thibaut Courtois replacement, should the Belgian leave. Antonio Conte would surely look for a most exciting option.