Inter Milan signing Milito thanks Genoa fans

Inter Milan signing Diego Milito has penned an open letter to Genoa fans as he prepares to leave the club.

Inter Milan signing Diego Milito has penned an open letter to Genoa fans as he prepares to leave the club.

He wrote: “To all you Genoa fans I want to open my heart and my mind to tell you what I'm feeling in this special day.

“First of all I apologise for not being able to celebrate with you all in Piazza della Vittoria, as the call for Argentina's World Cup qualifiers mean I must leave early. So this letter will try, if possible, to tell you how much I care for you. I would like to look you all in the eye and embrace you in what is a see you soon, not a farewell. I said it when I returned here from Spain: Genoa is my home.

“I think it will remain so even after I stop kicking the ball. With you all, to this city, these people, this shirt, a bond that goes beyond professionalism ties me. I played football in many cities and different countries. Everywhere I was happy and wrote pages of my career, but never the way I have in my three seasons at Genoa.

“I wish to thank first of all who took me to Italy as a young player and wanted me again a year ago. Without them I wouldn't be the player, nor the man, I think I am now. Thanks to Coach [Gian Piero] Gasperini and the staff, to the whole squad that fought, cried and celebrated together in taking Genoa to Europe after 17 years.

“I confess I returned because I strongly wanted this team and this city, but I found far more. The club had grown, was more organised and professional with a great future ahead of it. Thanks to the fans, young and old, who greeted me like a friend, like one of you. Certain moments with you will always remain in my mind as a man, not just a player. My son will grow up with the Genoa values that I practically have tattooed on my skin.

“Now we leave each other, I hope with a smile and affection that has become love, at least that's what I feel. I go with the bitterness that characterises all departures, but the relaxed knowledge I leave Genoa where they deserve to be and where I want to see them every year.

“In the life of a professional, there are moments in which reason must prevail. My heart and emotions tell me to thank you once again. This is an 'arrivederci.'”

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