Today sees a very special chapter in my life come to a close as another really exciting one opens, on this occasion in Germany, with Mainz 05 having given me the opportunity and privilege of playing in another major European league, in the Bundesliga, following my spells in La Liga, Serie A, the Eredivisie and the Premier League.
I came to England looking to once again enjoy my football, and the passion surrounding the game, to the full. Being out on the pitch is what makes me happy and it's now time for me to carry on along my journey as I continue to enjoy this great sport.
For the time being, this isn't a goodbye to Stoke City, it's just a 'see you soon', but I didn't want to pass up on the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in ensuring that I hold great memories of my time at this club.
Firstly, thank you to Stoke City for giving me the chance to play in, and enjoy the Premier League. I would particularly like to thank the club's board for standing by me during the tough times, such as when I was allowed to recover from my cruciate ligament injury back in Barcelona, alongside my family, or when the club offered me a new contract a few months on from my return to the side.
I also want to thank my teammates and all of the club's staff for their great support day in, day out, and for helping me to understand what it means to be a Potter and represent this club. For my part, I've given my all to repay their faith and affection. Without doubt, some of the happiest moments of my career have come in a Stoke shirt.
Of course, THANK YOU also to the Stoke City fans for their unwavering loyalty and for making me feel so special. The unique feeling on hearing the 'Olé, Olé, Olé… Bojan, Bojan!' chant is one that will remain with me forever.
Olé back to you!
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