David Lopez he said goodbye this Tuesday at noon Spanish. The captain, very emotional and even broken down by tears at some moments of his speech, has been surrounded by many members of the blue and white entity such as Tamudo or N’Kono. With a background sign where you could read the word legend, the versatile player has put an end to his long career, in two stages, as a parakeet. His story as a blue and white started in 2007.
“I have decided not to cry too much, but I do not promise anything (laughs). Today is a difficult day, which comes sooner than I would like, but destiny is not chosen. I leave satisfied with the work, effort, sacrifice, loyalty to the club, always looking out for the shield before myself. Of the Blue and White values and feelings that I have always tried to convey to my teammates. Having proudly defended this shirt until the end, wearing the captain’s armband at this club has been one of the greatest achievements in my career without a doubt. I’m happy for everything, for the people I’ve met over the years. I’ve learned something from everyone”.
Wearing the captain’s armband at this club has been one of the greatest achievements in my career, without a doubt.
“I would like you to remember me as a good person, humble and hard-working. Especially the teammates, coaches, assistants, club workers… and above all I hope you remember me as someone who never gave up, ever: mistakes, criticism, defeats, relegation, injuries, substitutions, anything… I’ve fallen many times but always thinking about getting up as soon as possible. That’s my best legacy and the values that Espanyol represents. I’ll keep the 87th minute of the last game with special affection at home, I carry it in my backpack and no one will take it away from me. I join you in this wonderful minority. Today I am leaving my home, but wherever it is, I will never stop being and I hope our paths cross again”.
I hope you remember me as someone who never gave up
“I am leaving but I will always be following Espanyol. I will be one more partner. I don’t know what football holds for me. I would like our paths to cross again”.
I don’t know what they would do in the future but I only know that my daughter won’t let me go to Barcelona
“I’m only clear that my daughter won’t let me go to Barcelona. I don’t know what I’ll do, I’m still a bit stunned, I’m open to everything.”
I would like our paths to cross again
“I have thought about it these days. The best moment, there have been many like qualifying for Europe, but, without a doubt, the day of promotion. It was a very complicated season, the previous one even more so. There was a lot of responsibility, my shirt weighed more than others and the fact of achieving it was a very important release and we knew it was very important for the club. It allowed me to feel at peace with what happened the previous year.
“When you’re a footballer you’re always on the road, I’ve been lucky enough to be here for many years. I’m thinking of getting the title of coach. It interests me and attracts me”.
It’s worth it
“The dream of any player who starts is to reach the First Division in his team. I have been a captain and I have experienced many things, good and bad, that have shaped me and given me values”.
I have not achieved my dream of retiring at Espanyol
“I haven’t achieved my dream of retiring at Espanyol, but I’m taking many other things with me. I’m satisfied, happy”
“That he doesn’t get so involved, that it takes its toll, especially at home. Always try to convey the values of the club and Espanyolism to all his teammates. He knows me and has my phone number. I’ll help him with whatever he needs”.
Things could have been done differently; I would like to have said goodbye at home, with the Valencia game
“Things could have been done differently. It was a club decision, an idea that had already been practically taken. I would like to have said goodbye at home, with the Valencia game”.
It hurt me a lot and it penalized me to show my face after the defeat in the games the year of relegation, but I don’t regret it
“I leave a lot of things. It hurt me a lot and I was penalized for going out and showing my face after the defeat in the games the year of relegation, but I don’t regret it. I would do it again.”
“I have always prioritized the team and the club ahead of myself, but I couldn’t do it any other way.”
Come back with another shirt
“I’ve never played against Espanyol. It will be strange. Just the fact of going to another dressing room will make it very strange for me. But our profession is like that”.