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Capello said that Wenger didn’t take his advice to sign Lopez
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 30 December 2015 02:50
Italian manager Fabio Capello said that Arsene Wenger did not take his advice to acquire the services of Diego Lopez, Spanish goalkeeper – a player who many pay per head bookies believe would have been a great asset for the Gunners.
When the current Russia coach spoke in Dubai during the Globe Soccer Awards, he said that Lopez, who is now playing in Milan, had the chance to join the ranks of the Reds if the French manager would have taken his advice when Capello was running England’s national squad, which was the first role that he had after he was in charge of Spanish giants Real Madrid.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid and Milan – two of the manager’s former clubs – will face each other in a friendly meeting taking place in the UAE.
Lopez and Iker Casillas – goalkeepers who Capello had playing for him at Real, and who are very famous with pay per head bookies – will be playing in Dubai.
“Both goalkeepers were good. But I chose Casillas because his confidence with the team was better than Diego Lopez,” the manager said.
“Lopez needed more time to become a really good keeper. Afterwards, what happened over the last three years with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, it is difficult for them to choose.
“Both are really, really good.
“One [Casillas] is captain of the national team, the people like him, they think he is the best. But when he makes a mistake they kill him. You go up then you come down.
“Diego Lopez is a good keeper and he will be good for AC Milan. For them to choose Diego Lopez, I am really happy.
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger when I was with the England national team.
“I told him to buy Diego Lopez because he is good. He didn’t have a problem but he said, ‘My keeper is good’.”
The Italian said that the current form that Real has, which includes clinching in 2013-2014 the title of the UEFA Champions League, turned the team into a target for top players.
“Real Madrid is always in the minds of the players, ‘I want to go to Real Madrid to play with Real Madrid’,” said the coach.
“They are the best team, where a player wants to play. From 1990 to 2003, 2004, players wanted to play with AC Milan.
“This was a dream for the players.
“It’s easy to buy the players when they say they want to play with Real Madrid or Milan… easy to build a really good team.
“Real Madrid don’t have many problems because they have money, they are the owners of their stadium.”