Tuesday May 31 2011
Santana waves goodbye to Florence

Mario Alberto Santana has expressed his sadness at having to leave Fiorentina and the Viola faithful this summer.

The winger has just weeks left on his contract and he will depart the Stadio Artemio Franchi next month.

"I'd like to embrace every single person in the Curva Fiesole and thank them for what they did for me," he told "I'm not joking…

"I thank the fans with all my heart. They've made me feel certain emotions that I had never experienced before.

"To wear the shirt, during the good and bad times, was an honour. I thank the supporters who had the patience to wait for the real me, who unfortunately only arrived over the last season.

"I'm really sad to be leaving. I've spent five fantastic years here. Unfortunately these things happen in our line of work, but I'll certainly return to Florence for my holidays."

The Argentine has been linked with a variety of sides, but the 29-year-old could end up at Serie A surprise package Napoli.

The Azzurri are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, a campaign which will see them take part in the Champions League.

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