‘Carry you in my heart forever’ – Raphinha pens farewell message to Leeds fans

New Barcelona addition Raphinha has taken to social media on Friday, to bid a fond farewell to all associated with Leeds United.

Brazilian international Raphinha’s Elland Road exit was of course finally made official earlier today.

On the back of weeks of speculation, which saw the gifted wide-man tipped for moves to a host of the continent’s top clubs, Raphinha ultimately opted to take his talents to Spain, with the aforementioned Barcelona.

The 25-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Camp Nou, in a deal worth a fee with the potential to surpass €65 million.

Raphinha’s move to Catalunya, of course, marks the 2nd major departure from west Yorkshire this summer, after Kalvin Phillips too opted for greener pastures, linking up with Premier League champions Manchester City.

In turn, the former, as alluded to above, has taken to his official social media platforms on Friday, to send a heartfelt farewell message to Leeds’ supporters, staff and squad alike.

In a lengthy post, Raphinha confirmed his gratitude to the ‘club that hugged me’ for the last two years, before reiterating that he will ‘always be cheering as a fan’ from afar:

“Life is made up of meetings and goodbyes, and the amazing times I lived in Leeds will always be in my memory. I will never forget the club that hugged me, the club I was representing when I first went to the Brazilian national team. I want to thank you for all the love, trust, support and all the joys I enjoyed at Leeds United.

“Without a doubt, it was an incredible experience in my career.

“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always rooted for a team, which I identify with and Leeds would be no different. For sure, in England it’s the club I’ll always be following and cheering as a fan because it is the club that allowed me to live one of my biggest dreams which was to play in the Premier League. Undoubtedly, it is the team that will be in my heart for all my life.

‘Carry you in my heart forever’ – Raphinha pens farewell message to Leeds fans

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Raphinha walks off carrying a banner made by a fan during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on May 15, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“I want here to leave my special thanks to the board, medical department, technical team and to the other departments and to this wonderful crowd who always supported.

“In general, I would like to thank everyone who directly or indirectly helped me to get to where I am today as well as the players and the technical committees I worked for.

“Thank you very much. None of this would have been possible without your welcome and affection. I will carry each one in my heart forever.

“Today I am fulfilling a childhood dream.

“Thank you very much, I will never forget you.”

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