Gracias por todo. // Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/3Jcg8XmioQ— Álvaro Negredo 9 (@_AlvaroNegredo_) September 2, 2014
Alvaro Negredo has penned a heartfelt goodbye message to Manchester City supporters, after sealing a late move to Valencia at the transfer deadline.
Negredo, 29, returns to La Liga after just one season in England, having made a £16.4 million switch from Sevilla to the Etihad last summer, going on to net an impressive 23 goals in 48 games to help his side to the Premier League title and Capital One Cup success.
However, he failed to score in the last 16 games of the campaign after returning from an injured shoulder, and hasn't featured for the club this term due to a broken metatarsal suffered in pre-season.
With the two clubs agreeing to a season-long loan deal, the Spanish club will then be obliged to make the move a permanent £24 million transfer following the 2014-15 campaign, meaning a return to Manchester can be ruled out.
Having made himself a fan favourite during his spell with the Blues, supporters are no doubt disappointed to see Negredo go, and the Spanish international took the time to thank them for making his 12 month spell such a memorable experience.
Dear Manchester City fans,
Today I say goodbye to a magnificent club as it is Manchester City. I want to thank the club for helping me become a better footballer and for making me and my family feel at home during my time here.
About a year ago Manchester City, a club that will remain in my heart, gave me the amazing opportunity to play in England. And for me winning the Premier League, Capital One Cup and scoring 23 goals in a season is a dream come through.
After this year I can only say thank you to the club, to the fans that have supported me since the first day I wore this jersey and of course thank you and good luck to my team-mates, who helped me settle in since day one not only as a teammates but as friends.
Today I say goodbye to Manchester City but I take with me many memories, lessons and great moments that will live with me forever. It has been one of the best years of my football career.
At last I want to wish Manchester City many success for the future and thank the club for giving me the opportunity to sign for Valencia, a club to which I want to give back all the trust they ahve given me and start a new season with many success.
Thank you with all my heart.
Negredo's departure comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Manuel Pellegrini's squad are left with just Edin Dzeko and the oft-injured Sergio Aguero and Stefan Jovetic as options up top, with out-of-favour Swede John Guidetti looking set to complete a post-deadline move to Celtic.
After breaking the 100-goal barrier in the league last season, the failure to land Manchester United-bound Falcao as a replacement has some questioning whether Pellegrini has made a rod for his own back, though the likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and David Silva can certainly be relied upon to get on the scoresheet.