Parma have officially sent Juraj Kucka to Watford on loan and he sent a touching message to the Ducali supporters.
The deal was completed this evening via a statement from the recently-relegated club.
It is a new experience for the 34-year-old Slovakia international midfielder, whose previous clubs include Sparta Prague, Genoa, Milan and Trabzonspor.
“Today is a day in which I experience strong and conflicting emotions,” wrote Kuco on the official Parma website.
“I arrived in Parma and immediately felt at home. With the club, with my teammates, with the fans, with the Parmesan people.
“I have always given my all on the pitch, even in the most difficult moments, and I felt how everyone understood and appreciated it.
“I also wore the captain’s armband of a team that by tradition and history is second to few, in Italy and in Europe.
“The dream that I realised was that I felt appreciated as a man, rather than as a footballer.
“There is another dream that I have had since I was a child: to play in England, in the Premier League. This is why I decided to live out this new adventure. It was a difficult choice, particularly because of the affection I have for this ground and this Club.
“I thank the club, who understand my decision, and who have always supported me over the years. My heart and the baggage that I carry with me will always be yellow and blue, and I will never forget everything we have lived through together.
“Thanks for everything, Parma, truly.”
— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) August 6, 2021