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Pau Lopez took a pay cut to push for Roma move

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The Spanish goalkeeper has moved from Real Betis in La Liga to the Italia Lega Serie A club for a €23.5 million fee.

To make sure he could move to the Italian Lega Serie A side Roma, Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez has taken a pay cut, as he leaves La Liga side Real Betis after only one season.

“Barcelona called me, and so did three Premier League clubs who wanted to focus on him, but he chose Roma,” his agent Albert Botines was quoted by Football Italia.

“When the offer came in from the Giallorossi, he had no doubts. He told me: ‘I want to go to Roma.’ I had no doubts, either.”

He explained: “Betis didn’t want to sell him and he was considered off the market at the start of June, but then Roma pushed really hard to get him.”

“In order to thank (director of sport Gianluca) Petrachi for his efforts and to prove how much he wanted to wear the Giallorossi jersey, Pau Lopez wanted to ‘sacrifice’ a portion of his salary to contribute to the transfer fee.”

“Fortunately, it all went well and he has started training with his new teammates,” he added.

“Pau Lopez wants to help the team get back into the Champions League, do well in the Europa League and win the Coppa Italia.”