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Diego Lopez Charges Against Real Madrid and Del Bosque

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Milan, Italy – Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez had a lot to say about his former team and teammates, specifically Iker Casillas, in an interview with Madrid-based newspaper Marca.

Without mincing words, Lopez explain his horrific exit from Real Madrid after being the starter at goal during the entire season and the exit of Jose Mourinho nearly two years ago. He also attacked Vicente del Bosque over the way he was left out of the World Cup squad in 2014.

“My exit from Madrid was due to sporting and non-sporting reasons. Keylor Navas came in and you didn’t have to be a genius to realize that I had to leave. Iker [Casillas] wanted to go, but he couldn’t find a way out. They met with me and said we had three goalkeepers and there was only room for two. From there, everything went really quickly. I thought Milan was a good opportunity for me and my family,” Diego Lopez declared, who did have doubts, though, the year after going. “It’s really difficult to leave Madrid when you’re starting games,” he added.

On his relationship with Iker Casillas, he feels everything that happened put distance between them. “Iker and I met when we were 18 and we were together for almost four years. We went out to eat together, but with time things changed. We have always respected each other as team-mates. In reality nothing happened, though, there was never an altercation,” he commented.

The 34-year-old was known for defending Mourinho while the Madrid press took shots at him, specially because he was chosen to start over Casillas. He also made it clear that it is possible for managers and players to be friends, as he pointed that Mourinho was always direct and honest with him and treated all players alike. He also indicates that his friends in the clubhouse were Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Angel DiMaria and Luka Modric. Curiosuly, Alonso and Arbeloa were two of the players who had a bad relationship with Casillas.

But that’s not all, Lopez believes that “everything that happened [at Madrid] was ugly,” although he’s much more disappointed at the treatment he received from Del Bosque.

“I was in every squad in the year and a half before the World Cup in Brazil. And in the last one, the week before traveling to Brazil, he left me out. Fernando Hierro told me on the phone one minute before the squad was announced. I never spoke with Del Bosque nor have I seen him since. I think they could have done things in another way. What hurts is the lack of respect from the national team coach, because in defending a team-mate he ignored me, even avoiding saying my name when the press asked about me. He didn’t value my work, he made me feel like I was ‘pariah’,” he explained.

Photo credit to FIFPro World Footballers via Flickr

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