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Lopez snubbed Spain's top-flight for Albion move
David Lopez has revealed he turned down a handful of top-flight Spanish clubs before signing for Albion.
Now the former Athletic Bilbao wideman is keen to make a long-term impact at The Amex after being told he had no future at his old club.
Lopez, who turns 30 on Monday, has revealed he wanted to give English football a try as soon as Bilbao coach Marcelo Beilsea told him he would struggle to get a game.
Lopez, who has eight years of top-flight football in La Liga plus Champions League and Europa league experience, told The Argus: “It has all happened very quickly.
“I didn’t play much last season and this year the coach told me directly that would be the same.
“Once I was told that I started looking to the exit and places I could go and play more football.
“I had offers from four or five teams in the Spanish first division.
“But I liked the idea of leaving Spain and coming to England and there are already Spanish players here, which helps.
“I didn’t know them personally but I knew them from playing against them. I also have mutual acquaintances with some of them.”
Valladolid, Deportivo La Coruna and Gus Poyet ’s old club Real Zaragoza were among the teams who tried to sign Lopez this summer.
Now, though, the player admits he would be open to the idea of staying in Sussex beyond his current deal if things go well.
He added: “Two weeks ago it was all up in the air because I didn’t even know what was going to happen with Athletic.
“Once they gave me this option of leaving I had no second thoughts.
“I’ve got one season here but let’s hope I get a few more.
“That will mean I am happy and the club is happy with me.”