Di Natale: My time at Udinese a ‘great journey’

Udinese club legend Antonio Di Natale spoke about his remarkable 12 years at Stadio Friuli coming to an end after his side's 2-1 loss to Carpi on Sunday.

Had the Udine club not secured their Serie A safety prior to the fixture, Di Natale may have said farewell under far more distressing circumstances.

As it was, however, the result had no effect on the club's league position, meaning that Luigi De Canio's men have another season in the Italian top flight.

"I think in the end 12 years was a great journey together," he told Sky Sports Italia after the match. "I want to thank my teammates and the club, everyone who was with me during this time.

"Until yesterday I was relaxed, but when I sat in the locker room tonight I was crying like a baby. I saw 12 years flash before my eyes.

"I scored 227 goals. I did many things for this club, scored many goals, so I hope to remain in the history of this club.

"The President is a great man, he puts everything at our disposal and this beautiful stadium is down to him. He was like a father to me and helped me throughout this career," Toto said of Franco Soldati, the man at the helm of the club since 1999.

"Right now I want to go home, spend some time with my family and then I'll decide what to do next. I know any day I can call the President and we'll talk.

"It was pleasing to receive so many messages, but most of all I want to thank Francesco Guidolin. We reached the Champions League together and are very close," he said of the new Swansea City manager.