Diego Lopez has penned an open letter upon leaving Real Madrid for Milan, thanking Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and everyone at the club.
Lopez this week completed a move to Serie A and AS reports he has reflected on his time at Santiago Bernabeu in a missive shared on Madrid’s official website.
“I dreamed of being a footballer but I never imagined that one day I would play for the club of my heart, Real Madrid,” the 32-year-old wrote.
“It is something I will eternally be proud of. For this I thank the club and its President, Florentino Perez, for giving me another chance to defend this badge.
“For a canterano to return to the club of their life is the greatest thing.
“Thanks to two great Coaches [Mourinho and Ancelotti] and their respective staffs for their trust, for everything I learned from them and for giving me the chance to compete, which is the essence of sport.
“Thanks to all my colleagues, physiotherapists, doctors and club employees. It has been a privilege to share with you moments of great happiness. Thanks for treating me so warmly. To everyone, I wish you well.
“And of course, all my thanks to Real Madrid, that great family spread throughout the world. Thanks for your welcome and all your strength during this time. I will take you in my heart forever.
“I’m happy to have given my all. My only goal was to work every day with respect and dedication and passionately defend the values of the best club in the world.
“For all this I can proudly say that every minute at Real Madrid was a God-send.
“Until the end, we are Madrid. From a Madrid fan.”