Monday June 24 2019
Zapata announces Milan exit

Cristian Zapata has announced his departure from Milan, paying particular tribute to the club’s ‘simply fantastic’ fans.

Zapata will formally leave Milan once his contract expires on June 30, with Genoa shaping up to be his likeliest destination.

“I want to thank the club for giving me the chance to play for one of the most prestigious teams in the world,” the defender wrote on Instagram.

“I want to thank all the teammates I had during this long and intense period, the Coaches who helped me grow as a footballer and as a man, all the guys at Milanello, my real friends and, above all, the fans: simply fantastic, you’ve always supported me and shown me incredible affection.

“Thank you everyone. That closes a chapter in my career, which will remain forever in my heart.”

The Colombian joined the Rossoneri from Udinese in of 2012 and went on to make 148 appearances for the club.

He becomes the third long-serving player to exit San Siro this summer after Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate.

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