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LOPO LEAVES DEPOR

23 Jun 2011
It was a well-known fact that was confirmed until Tuesday, Lopo is leaving Deportivo after five years in order to join Madrilenian club Getafe.

Albert Lopo is leaving Deportivo in order to join Getafe CF for the next three seasons; the move was confirmed on Tuesday by the official website of the Madrilenian club. The Catalan defender is the fourth signing for Getafe ahead of next season after the announced arrivals of Diego Castro, Moyá and Mehdi Lacen, and the next one could be Juan Rodriguez, another player ending contract with Depor.

The true is that arrival of Lopo to Getafe was a well-known secret, because since January it was commented that the ex-Espanyol man already had an agreement with Getafe, though before the end of the season 2010/11 it was known that Lendoiro made a late offer trying to keep him, but taking in mind that Lopo was one of the best paid players at the Blanquiazul team (€1.5 million per season)  it was a difficult task, actually it is commented that his salary at Getafe will be very similar to the one had at Depor.

Lopo arrived to Depor for the season 2006/07; it was polemic move, because there was a conflict with RCD Espanyol due to the formation rights of the player; the Catalan club was demanding €6 million to Depor, but in the end the Galician club won the case.

At Depor, Lopo was always a fixed starter with both Caparrós and Lotina; his worst campaign was the season 2007/08 as a back injury forced him to miss almost the half of the season; in the rest of liga tournaments he at least played in 31 of the 38 matchdays.

Described as a solid central defender, his leadership was always an advantage that allowed Depor to be one of the best defenses of la liga in recent times, though his late challenges earned him a name as a tough defender, reason why he picked 50 yellow cards in 151 liga presentations. In the end he is leaving Depor by the back door as he couldn’t avoid the relegation of the team to Segunda, clearly the biggest failure in his career.

The liga numbers of Lopo at Depor:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

2006-2007

31

30

2,696

10

1

1

2007-2008

21

21

1,840

6

0

1

2008-2009

32

32

2,834

13

0

2

2009-2010

34

34

3,058

6

1

1

2010-2011

33

31

2,894

15

1

2

Totals

151

148

13,322

50

3

7

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