Juan Mata has moved from Chelsea to Manchester United and has opportunity of playing regularly again, a privilege he lost when manager Jose Mourinho took over the reins at Stamford Bridge.
He was nominated as the best player of the year for the club in two consecutive years and in appreciation, he wrote a goodbye letter to the fans for their support in the years he played for Chelsea.
Perhaps, Arsenal fans wouldn't have hated Robin Van Persie that much for the move to Manchester United if he had written similar letter of Mata before his move. He wrote a letter but it was a letter of notice. Like a quit notice and not to the fans. Am just saying.
Anyway, Chelsea fans and football lovers, read and digest.
Hi everyone, As you can imagine this is a very important day in my life, and with these lines I would like to express the memories and emotions that come to me as I write.
This letter is written from my heart, and first of all I would like to say that I will never forget all the affection given to me by the Chelsea fans.
From the very first day until the last. With your support and affection I have grown up as a player and I have had an amazing time both on and off the pitch. I will always feel the gratitude towards you. Always. No words are enough to give back all the things I have received.
There has been plenty of good moments: the FA Cup, my first trophy as a Blue; the immense happiness of winning titles for the first time in the club's history, such as that magical Champions League night in Munich and the Europa League...
On the other hand, I have experienced some complicated situations from a personal point of view, mainly during the last six months.
Every message I got through the social media, every nice word you have said to me on the street, and of course, your support in the stadium, has made me feel incredibly proud of the Chelsea fans; you deserve a team like the one you've got, with so many fantastic players.
I won't forget the faith you put in me when I was given the player of the year award the last two seasons. I feel really proud and I will never forget those nights.
Thank you so much for the way you have treated me, you have been unbelievable. I hope you understand that after going through a complicated and, for me, new situation in the last few months, I believe this is the best choice in order to carry on with my football career and to keep enjoying this sport.
Before last summer, my intention was to stay here for a long time; as long as the club wanted me to, and to keep winning trophies for Chelsea FC. This is how happy I was in the club and in the city.
However, as you all know, things changed after the preseason.
From feeling like an important player, I started to experience some difficult situations and I felt unable to help the team to the extent that I wanted and was used to.
Obviously, I fully respect the circumstances. Football is a team sport and it's not easy to play regularly in such a good squad. In sports you may win or lose, but the most important thing is to give everything. I hope you know and feel that I have always done so.
In every game, in every training session, without exception. I have always tried my best for the club.
I would like to emphasise the affection, admiration and respect that I've had for my former team mates since the first day.