Diego Lopez thanks Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti in open letter

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014, 16:55 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Former Real Madrid goal-keeper Diego Lopez expressed his gratitude to the “two greatest managers (Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti)” for giving him the chance to play for Real Madrid.

Lopez, 32, recently moved to Italian club AC Milan after spending a season with the Real Madrid. During his stay at Santiago Bernabeu, the former Villarreal and Sevilla shot-stopper started 52 times winning UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey titles. He had already won the league title with Real Madrid during his first stint in 2006-07.

He returned to Madrid in January 2013 as a back-up for the unfit Iker Casillas. But he went on to assume the role of club`s first choice keeper, creating a divide in the club with many rooting for the World Cup winning skipper Casillas.

In the open letter to his fans and the club, Lopez revealed that he always wanted to return to Madrid and defend the “badge”. He spent his formative years as a Real Madrid academy player. Further, Lopez went on to thanks his “teammates, the physios, doctors, groundsmen and all club employees for allowing him to share moments of great happiness.