Gokhan Inler quoted song lyrics as he said goodbye to Napoli fans by joining Leicester City. “This is my land. Forza Napoli always.”
The Swiss international midfielder completed his transfer today after a drawn-out negotiation process and wrote an open letter to the supporters.
“Dear Napoli, it is difficult, so difficult to say this after four years. So I thought it best to salute you like this, by borrowing the words of Zio Pino and those that you, the people, the marvellous people, sing to you every time as a promise of eternal love.”
Inler quoted song lyrics from local hero Pino Daniele, who died a few months ago, and his tribute to the city Napule’e.
“Napule is a thousand cultures… Which I will carry every day in my heart, in my mind and on my skin.
“Napule is a thousand fears… That you learn to love and cannot do without.
“Napule is the voice of a creature who speaks softly and you know that you are not alone… And that is a unique sensation, this voice that steals your soul.
“Napule is a bitter sun… But so sweet that you look for it behind every cloud.
“Napule is pain and sea… A sea that you lose yourself in and cannot do without ever again.
“Napule is dirty paper and nobody cares, so everyone awaits their fate… And I too await my fate.
“Napule is a walk through the narrow streets… I had fantastic days in those streets surrounded by people.
“Napule is all of this and knows it all, but they don’t know the truth… I know this. I discovered it, loved it, closed it in my heart under lock and key.
“This is why today my eyes are wet with this sea and marked by this earth. My heart. Ciao giaglù, Forza Napoli always.”