Espanyol has made it official that Diego López, the Blue and Whites' goalkeeper for the last six years and who will turn 41 in November, will no longer be linked to the entity. The goalkeeper's contract ended on June 30 and in recent days there was the possibility that he could extend his commitment to the team for another year, something that ultimately could not be carried out. The player will say goodbye to the fans next Monday.
Domingo Catoira and Diego Martínez have also decided on other exits, in this case more anticipated, such as that of David López, first captain of the team and one of the great symbols of the club, according to 'La Grada'. The center-back had signed one more optional year depending on the games played, which will not finally take place. Dídac Vilà and Fran Mérida will also leave. The four footballers finished contract this course.
The biggest surprise involves the goodbye of Diego López. Paradela's goalkeeper has been a fixture in the last six years. He was a key player in promotion (he was the goalkeeper with the fewest goals scored in the Second Division) and in his permanence this year. In recent days the possibility of continuing for another year was opened, but finally the parakeet leaders have decided not to continue. López says goodbye to the club after 212 games and after setting three unbeaten records with RCD Espanyol (First Division, Second Division and in European competition), in addition to the Zamora award for the goalkeeper with the fewest goals scored in the Second Division, achieved in 2020/21.
Both the goodbyes of Diego López and David López are very painful for Spanish fans, as they are players who have performed at a high level in recent years. The first perico captain, a Spanish academy player, has completed six years at the club in this second stage. This last year he has had many problems due to injuries and that lack of continuity has been the reason why he will not continue. His tears in the last home game of the season, against Valencia, made it clear that his continuity was going to be very complicated.