It’s been described elsewhere as an “emotional goodbye message” to Liverpool but let’s be honest, it’s just a modern footballer moving on.
Emre Can officially, finally, joined Juventus on Thursday, completing a free transfer move when his contract expires at Liverpool on July 1.
After four years and 167 appearances for the Reds, the German moves to Italy after one of the most protracted transfers in recent times.
It’s been claimed that the 24-year-old midfielder – and his representatives – will receive a staggering £14 million signing on fee, plus wages of £4 million per season; combined that’s £220,000 per week over his contract.
Anyone wondering why Emre Can left @LFC for Juventus: he will be earning a minimum £11m a year for the first two years of a four year contract in Italy. That's £220,000 a week, which would have made him Liverpool's highest earner. By some distance.
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) June 21, 2018
“Today is the first day of a new chapter of my life,” Can said on his Instagram account.
“I want to say thank you to all the people of Liverpool , to my coaches, to the staff, to the staff behind the staff, the supporters, to everyone.
“I will always think back with a smile and one piece of my heart will always be in Liverpool.
“It was a big honour for me to play for Liverpool. I hope to see you one day again. Take care. Yours Emre.”
Can delivered the message on a professionally produced video – let’s be honest, his team have had long enough to produce it.
Liverpool have already signed Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco for £39 million to replace the outgoing Can.