Twenty-four hours after confirming that Diego Lopez will not continue in Espanyol, the goodbye of another of the great references of Espanyolism in recent years has been announced this Friday: David López, the first captain, leaves the club of his life after not renewing his contract that expired on the 30th.
David López, watchword of espanyolismends his stage as a parakeet after nine seasons in the first team and 237 official matches with the Blue and Whites: 218 in LaLiga (181 in the First Division and 37 in the Second Division), 3 in the Europa League and 16 in the Cup.
A reference that already had the opportunity to say goodbye to his fans at the RCDE Stadium on the occasion of Espanyol’s last league match at home. He ended up crying and very emotional about the ‘green’. Next Tuesday the captain will say goodbye in the Auditorium of the RCDE Stadium in an act that It is expected to be very exciting because the one in Sant Cugat he has always lived to the surface all the emotions that linked him to the parakeet feeling. He has grown personally and sportingly at Espanyol and his parakeet involvement has made him show his face always for the club of his loves. He has never hidden, not even in the worst moments like when the team went down to Second.
David has had fewer minutes in the last two seasons due to injuries, an ordeal for him. But in the previous six He was a mainstay in the lineups of all the coaches who occupied the parakeet bench, both in the core, being a huge midfielder, like when he stepped back and acted as a central defender, also shining during many games. He was an indisputable in the ‘elevens’ parakeets of recent years.
David Lopez He is one of the most important footballers in the recent history of RCD Espanyol. “He came to the club in the 2007-2008 season to join Juvenil A from Damm CF. On September 26, 2010 he made his debut with the first team, although his true consolidation came in the 2013-2014 campaign, after playing on loan at Leganés and Huesca. After a brilliant season, he signed for Napoli before returning definitively to RCD Espanyol, where he has played the last six seasons. In his two stages as a blue and white player he has played 237 official matches (League, Copa del King and Europa League) and has scored 13 goals”, explained in the club’s official statement.
[+] “There are many emotions and many things that come to mind”, said the captain after his last game at home
In the thread it is noted that David López “has been an example for his professionalism, commitment and leadership capacity, especially, in the most complicated moments of the last seasons. Captain of the first team, he has managed to play in Europe with RCD Espanyol and after the disappointment of relegation, he led the team back to the First Division. The youth squad has been one of the pillars of the locker room and the club during the mandate of Chen Yansheng and a true reference for Spanish”