IT HAS FINALLY been made official: Diego Lopez is the new goalkeeper of Milan, signing a contract until 2018.
The tour in Canada and the United States showed Filippo Inzaghi that Milan are in serious need of a reinforcement between the sticks and the Rossoneri have today completed the signing of the excellent Real Madrid keeper Diego Lopez.
Lopez arrived to Italy earlier this week and after undergoing the medical check-ups at the La Madonnina clinic and at Milanello, the signing became official. Lopez is joining Milan with a contract that ties him to the red & blacks for 4 years.
“A.C. Milan would like to communicate Diego Lopez has signed a contract with the club until July 30th, 2018,” a statement on Milan’s website reads. Real Madrid also confirmed: “Real Madrid & Milan have reached an agreement for the transfer of Diego López. We would like to thank Diego for his dedication & professionalism as well as wish him the best of luck with his new team.” It is widely believed that Lopez is joining the Diavolo on a free transfer but Real are entitled to certain bonuses.
“This is a big step in my career, I arrive to give my best to this team. Carlo Ancelotti knows me well, I am happy for his words,” Lopez said at the Linate airport earlier this week. “Galliani said I am the strongest goalkeeper in Europe? I arrive with the idea to work, I am delighted to be here. I’m at the best club in Italy and the world, for me this is an important step.
“I want to fight for a place in the team in Italy, nothing is secure. With work and strength I hope to play the most number of matches possible. I’ve not spoken with Pippo Inzaghi yet. Ancelotti? He and (goalkeeping coach) Villiam Vecchi have spoken highly of this club, I’ve to thank them if I am here. Madrid? I’m not angry, I’m happy to be here for a new experience. Objectives? Winning the Scudetto and getting back into Europe. Thank you to the club for this opportunity, I am very happy.
“This is a big club where everyone wants to play. I want to work every day to give my best. Forza Milan!” The 32-year-old will reportedly earn €2.5 million plus bonuses per year. He will of course be Inzaghi’s first-choice for the goalkeeper role.