Diego Lopez believes Iker Casillas left Real Madrid simply because it was time, a moment every player reaches, the Milan goalkeeper said.
Lopez, having battled Casillas for a starting spot at Santiago Bernabeu, moved on in the summer of 2014, but will play his former club in a friendly.
“It’s always a special game [against Madrid], an emotional experience,” he said, AS reports.
“I have many friends there and Madrid is a club I’ll always carry in my heart, but it’s a chance to play against a team at a high level.
“We’ll try to make it a very good game and to keep winning.
“I’m very happy with my life in Milan. Casillas is a great player and we’re good friends. I wish him well for the future.
“It’s a decision he took and I can respect it. Now I’m not there I speak as a fan, not a teammate.
“There was a lot of talk about this issue when I was there and then when I left. I’ve not a lot to say on it. It’s his decision.
“He gave a lot to Madrid and no one can take that from him. Everyone’s time comes. It’s inevitable. Things change for whatever reason.
“I have to wish him luck at Porto and luck to the new Madrid players. Kiko [Casilla] is a friend, and so is [Keylor] Navas.”