If this really is goodbye, then I just wanted to say thank you.
Thank you for giving us Chelsea fans your best years, for those spellbinding dribbles and, of course, the important stuff – all those trophies.
When you first announced you were signing for Chelsea, none of us were prepared for the impact you would have.
You were dubbed as ‘one of Europe’s bright sparks’ but we couldn’t have predicted how bright that spark could glow.
Goodbyes are never easy, so let’s try to remember all the good times.
From breaking Pablo Zabaleta’s ankles to shrugging off Fracis Coquelin, you left my jaw on the Stamford Bridge floor more times than I can mention.
You bent in a worldie and Old Trafford and ripped apart Liverpool’s defence at Anfield more than once.
You won PFA Player of the Year and carried us to two Premier League titles.
Above all trophies and awards, you denied Spurs a chance at winning the League. Iconic.
You stayed loyal when the lure of Real Madrid first came and you never turned your back on the club. *cough* Courtois *cough*
Forgetting a freak 2015/16 season and ignoring that ball boy’s bruised ribs in Swansea, you have been relentless.
In your early years you were compared to Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho.
You have left a bigger mark on the Premier League than either of your would-be rivals.
You overtook Gianfranco Zola as our most exciting import and you kept our club’s head above water for so long.
You didn’t always have the best team around you, meaning your great powers came with great responsibility.
The same responsibility Paul Pogba has at Man United and the same responsibility Mesut Ozil has at Arsenal.
But your slight shoulders can take the weight without sulking and without hiding from matches to stream Fortnite.
All good things must come to an end.
Like: Luis Suarez, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, you have outgrown our wonderful league.
You have reached the level we all knew you could and you deserve your chance in Madrid.
It is only when asking ‘what can Zinedine Zidane give you that Maurizio Sarri can’t?’ that your decision starts to makes perfect sense.
You will don the blue kit one last time in Baku.
And while you owe us fans nothing, can you do us one final favour?
Embarrass the Gooners one last time to deny them Champions League football?
Until we meet again… thank you.
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