Stevan Jovetic maintains he will remain a Fiorentina fan after the club confirmed his sale to Manchester City.
The forward will join the English outfit in a deal that will reportedly be worth €26m initially, but that could rise by a further €4m if certain bonus clauses are activated.
“Florence will remain in my heart,” he told Firenze Viola. “This place is beautiful and I was happy with everything, especially the fans who loved me.
“I’ve enjoyed some great years here in the Viola shirt. I arrived here as a kid, I leave as a man and a footballer. I thank everyone.
“I’ll always remained tied to the Viola and I will remain a fan.”
Jovetic was a fan favourite in Tuscany, but his relationship with the supporters took a hit after a recent interview where he spoke about possibly joining rivals Juventus.
“They are a bit angry at the moment, but that is normal,” he added. “I, however, have never said anything against them or Fiorentina.
“I’m really happy to be joining City, believe me. I just ask you to read all of that interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport. Don’t stop at the headline.
“City are an important club and they play in the Premier League. And I have the desire to win something. I’ll also team up with a great friend in [former teammate] Matija Nastasic.
“I would like to be understood. I’m still young and I wanted a change of scenery. That’s fair isn’t it? I know that I have given my all for this shirt.”
The Montenegro international moved to Italy in 2008 after an €8m fee was agreed with Partizan Belgrade.
He scored 40 goals in 135 games for the club.