In an interview on Canal+'s 'Fiebre Maldini', Diego López gave a measured and reflective view of his time at Real Madrid.
"I will never forget the first warm-up session with Real Madrid, the image of the Bernabéu. I never thought about being a professional and it all seemed rather distant until the team of my dreams gave me a call. I fought hard to get there", he said, remembering his beginnings as a goalkeeper.
On his return to Real in 2013, he had great rivalry with Casillas: "We were never disrespectful to each other and there was no bad blood between us, I'd be lying if I said there was. Our relationship changed and I don't think he did anything to make that happen. Perhaps it was provoked by the competition between us. I'll be able to tell my grandchildren that I had fierce competition with Iker Casillas, a Real Madrid goalkeeping legend. I'll retire and won't change a bit and I'll be proud of all that I have achieved."
The booing of Casillas: "I ask that they respect Casillas and all the other players, because that is what they deserve."
José Mourinho: "He was quite straight with me and gave me the necessary strength to face what was coming to me. He told me that he had wanted to sign me the season before, that he trusted me and that I had a great challenge ahead."
Criticism from the Bernabéu: "I knew it would happen. I talked about it with Mou, he said I was judged by my games. He made it quite clear that he would play whoever he saw as better and that he had nothing against Iker; I wasn't his nanny boy. If my form dropped, so would I be."
His leaving Real Madrid: "They won the competitions that I didn't take part in and nobody told me about the signing of Keylor. It's not that I felt inferior and decided to throw in the towel, because I would have fought for a position. I noted certain changes and took the best decision. Milan will get back to being what it was and I'm going to enjoy it in goal."