diego lopez said goodbye this Monday afternoon Spanish. The goalkeeper has closed the stage of six seasons as a blue and white, making it clear that the values and the parakeet fans have reached deep inside both his and his family. The institution, in addition, has announced that one of the doors of the RCDE Stadium bear his name. With an emotional, grateful and heartfelt speech, the Galician was proud of having defended the parakeet shirt and left the door open for a future return. The goalkeeper explained that he wants to continue playing and that he did not expect to finish his stage today in the Spanish.
“Today is a very sad day for me and my family. It is very difficult for me, I did not expect this moment to come now. My wish was to continue helping this club, but unfortunately it has not been possible. After six wonderful seasons , I wanted to take advantage of this act to thank the immense affection that we have received from the first day. I would like to thank each one of you”.
My wish was to continue helping this club, but it has not been possible
“I want to thank President Chen Yansheng for his confidence in me, in the team and in the different advisers. To the coaches and technical bodies, who have made me a better professional and footballer, especially Jess Salvador and N’Kono for helping me so much and to make him enjoy and learn in each training session. To the medical services, delegates, props, employees of this club… to all the teammates I’ve had, who hopefully have brought you positive things, have conveyed to you the love and passion for this sport and forgive me for being so demanding. My only goal was to get the best out of you and make you believe that with work and ambition we can be better. I take with me many friends and experiences that will help me in the future”.
“From the first day you made me feel special, you inundated me with affection and respect. You have infected us with that special feeling and you have made my family forever parakeet and we will carry that in our hearts for the rest of our lives. I cannot explain what you have made me feel, I am affectionate, faithful, passionate… you have permeated me so much that I cannot forget how happy I have been. My door will always be open to this club”.
My door will always be open to this club
“I leave behind six wonderful years. I arrived in 2016 with desire and enthusiasm to contribute everything that I have inside, without excuses, relaxation, without selfishness…, with the sole objective of leaving life on and off the field to defend sports and socially the values and greatness of this club. I have gone through all kinds of moments, of joy, the unbeaten record, of ecstasy, qualifying for Europe, and sad and painful, such as relegation. But those moments I also tried to overcome with effort”.
It has been an honor to defend your colors and I only wish I had helped you to be bigger
“I have had the privilege of being one of the captains for three seasons, proudly representing the team and following the legacy of Dani Jarque. I have thought a lot and I have thought a lot about my time here, I have felt happy and proud. I have emptied myself in every training session and every minute I’ve played. I’m aware that my figure has been respected”.
As Luis García used to say, the best thing about Barcelona is being from Espanyol
“I noticed that you were a unique club, a historic one, a great one, respected by all. It has been a pride to defend your colors and I only wish I had helped you to be bigger. You impregnated me with your values. For many generations your feeling is inherited from parents to children and that has happened to my family. I don’t want to forget the city either. As Luis Garca used to say, the best thing about Barcelona is being from Espanyol”.
“The moment when I tell my daughters not to continue is very hard. They feel this club, they have been here for many years. Life has to go on and, above all, we feel happy to have represented this club and these good years in Barcelona”.
It is very hard when I tell my daughters not to continue
“Now it is clear that I am finishing a stage here. My professional life continues. I leave the door open for everything I have felt here.”
“I’m going to stay with what I experienced in the field.”
I feel very strong to continue competing
Spain or other destination
“I really want to continue. If it’s up to me, I’d keep playing, but it doesn’t just depend on me. I’d be ashamed to leave it.”
“I sincerely hoped to continue. My intention has always been to be open to the club. I felt sorry for not having known the final outcome earlier because I would have liked to say goodbye on the pitch. But I have no complaints and I am grateful to everyone. It is true that I am in recent years… or I’m done but I don’t think about what I’ll do when I retire.”
“I have tried to transfer maximum demand, ambition, not conforming, union…”.