David López: “I’ve always thought of Espanyol, even before me”

David Lopez said goodbye this Tuesday at noon Spanish. The captain, very moved and even broken down by tears at some moments of his speech, has been supported by many members of the blue and white entity such as Tamudo or N’Kono. With a background label 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.

farewell speech

“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.

David Lopez

More words

“I would like you to remember me as a good person, humble and hard-working. Especially my 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 home, but wherever it is, it will never cease to be and hopefully our paths will cross again”.

I hope you remember me as someone who never gave up

David Lopez

Return

“I’m leaving but I’ll always be following Espanyol. I’ll be one more member. I don’t know what football holds for me. I’d like our paths to cross again”.

I don’t know what I’ll do in the future but I’m only clear that my daughter won’t let me go to Barcelona

David Lopez

Near future

“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

David Lopez

Best moment

“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 that of others and the fact of achieving it was a very important liberation and we knew that it was very important for the club. It allowed me to feel at peace with what happened the previous year.

Coach

“When you’re a footballer you’re always on the road, I’ve been lucky enough to be here for many years. I plan to get my coaching title. 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 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

David Lopez

Sleep

“I haven’t achieved my dream of retiring at Espanyol, but I’m taking many other things with me. I’m satisfied, happy”

next captain

“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

David Lopez

To follow

“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 I was penalized for going out and showing my face after the defeat in the matches the year of relegation, but I don’t regret it

David Lopez

Legacy

“I leave many things behind. It hurt me a lot and it penalized me to go out and show my face after the defeat in the games the year of relegation, but I don’t regret it. I would do it again”.

Implication

“I have always prioritized the team and the club ahead of me, 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 be very strange for me. But our profession is like that”.

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