Lopo agrees Depor deal
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Albert Lopo has vowed to return to Espanyol after agreeing a five-year deal with Deportivo.
Albert Lopo has vowed to return to Espanyol to finish his career after completing a switch to Deportivo La Coruna.
The 26-year-old central defender has been with the Parakeets since he was 10 and admitted that leaving the Catalan outfit was a tough decision to make.
Lopo has been the target of several clubs since January when he was available under the Bosman Ruling.
"I have taken the decision to sign for Deportivo for the next five years after spending 16 years at Espanyol," he explained.
"It has been the most difficult day of my career, I am more nervous than I was when I gave my first-ever press conference.
"It is very hard for me to think that this is my last day here. I am still adjusting to the fact that next season I shall be playing for Depor and not for Espanyol.
"In life, you sometimes have to make tough decisions and I only hope that I made the right one.
"When I was able to listen to offers officially, the one from Depor was the most attractive and that is why I chose to accept it.
"The team may not be in Europe next year, but I am very excited and I hope that I can help push Depor back towards the top where they belong.
"I am leaving behind many friends. During my time here, we have celebrated the club's centenary and won two Copa del Reys. The fans have always been great to me and I cannot speak about them highly enough.
"I would love to come back and finish my career at Espanyol. I hope that the doors will remain open to me."
In his final press conference at Montjuic, he was unable to hold back tears as he held an Espanyol shirt aloft with president Daniel Sanchez Llibre with 'Lopo Forever' written in Catalan on the back.