Croatia striker Mario Mandžukić has penned an emotional farewell to Juventus after leaving them for Qatari side Al-Duhail.
Mandžukić who had stayed at Turin for four and half years, has not featured for Juventus this season in any game and was left out of Maurizio Sarri Champions League squad.
The striker took to Instagram to thank former players and coaches he played with at Juve where he scored 44 goals in 162 appearances.
On Christmas day he wrote:
“It’s impossible to summarize four and a half years in a simple goodbye, but I hope you have seen my passion for this club and for this team in every single game I played for Juventus. A big thank you to Mr Allegri and Mr Marotta for wanting me in Turin.
“It has been a privilege to play for Juventus and the past few months will not change the respect and love I have for the club.
“I thank all the teammates I have had in these seasons – I really enjoyed every single battle with you and we have won most of these battles! I will not forget all the victories and trophies, the result of our quality, hard work and team spirit.
“A big thank you also to the staff who work behind the scenes – coaches, medical staff, physiotherapists and any other person who make sure that Juventus players are in the best conditions.
“Finally, the biggest thanks for the wonderful fans that are the real reason why the club is so big and successful – I really appreciated the support you showed me from day one.
“In conclusion, I have always tried to do my best for the Bianconeri, I wish you the best! And for me, it’s time for a new chapter … Forever yours, Mario”.