Iturbe bids farewell to Roma fans

Juan Manuel Iturbe appears to be closing in on a January transfer to Watford after posting a farewell message to Roma supporters on social media.

The 22-year-old forward is a reported target for the Hornets, who are set to sign him on a six-month loan next month, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Iturbe joined the Giallorossi 18 months ago from Verona, but has failed to establish himself in the first team, starting just 20 games in the Serie A during that time.

The Argentina-born player took to Instagram on Saturday to express his gratitude to the Italian club's fans for their backing ahead of Sunday's clash with Genoa, suggesting it could be his last outing in a maroon shirt – for this term at least.  

He said: "Independently of any decisions I will take and that will be taken on my future, I wanted to take this opportunity to give an affectionate salute to the city of Rome and all the Roma fans…

"Unfortunately things didn't go the way I'd hoped and I am the first to feel bad about that. Disappointment and defeat in life must be faced with the same dignity as success and victory.

"The only certainty is that I wore the Giallorossi jersey with pride and honour. I always gave 100 percent, without ever holding back.

"I suffered for this shirt, I cried and I celebrated. But you must also have in life the courage and humility to get back on your feet and continue believing in yourself.

"Maybe this is only an arrivederci and not a goodbye. In that case, I'll return stronger than ever. I will always hold these colours in my heart, as I honoured and respected them.

"I thank the club, the technical staff and especially Walter [Sabatini], who supported me in my most difficult moments. Above all I thank my team-mates and wish them every success. For always, Forza Roma."