Mario Lemina has pledged to keep Juventus “in my heart forever” after leaving to join Southampton.
Lemina completed a €20m transfer to the Saints from Juve earlier in the week, having been unable to realise his potential in Turin, but the midfielder made it clear he was only thankful to the Bianconeri.
“Two years ago, I decided to join Juventus. I learned technical rigour, tactics and the professionalism of a historical club,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
“I want to thank the supporters who have always been extraordinary with me, the leaders and my coach for their support.
“I wish my teammates, the best! Thanks to you, I discovered the top level and I gained titles. You will all remain in my heart forever!
“I would like to thank my relatives who have accompanied me since the beginning of my career, my parents, my sister, my brothers, my cousin and my son who are my strength. Without them, I would not be what I am.
“Today, a new page turns for me. Far from Italy. In England, in Southampton. A new challenge, a new country, a new football.
“I can’t wait to get under my new colours. Ready for the fight!”