Defender Lopez spent seven years of his youth and professional development at the Seville-based club before transferring to Catalonia in 2007. The 25-year-old admitted he is still fond of Los Verdiblancos after making many friends there.
“It was a beautiful time of my life. I would talk a lot with [Jose Alberto] Canas and I lived only 10 minutes away from Isidoro [Gomez].
“I’ve never played against Betis and hopefully the Coach will select me on Thursday. The seven years through the ranks at Betis were a major step in my training and I keep beautiful memories.”
However, the player warned that his allegiance is with Espanyol now and that friendships will be put to one side in midweek.
“Since I came to this club, all my family to the death follows Espanyol. The priority [on Thursday] is the three points and that is it. Moreover, friendship is for when you are out of the field because inside, nothing.”