Padoin pens farewell letter to Juventus

Simone Padoin has followed the announcement that he is to leave Juventus for Cagliari with a heartfelt farewell message to the club and fans.

The midfielder, whose name was seldom in the starting lineup since his move from Atalanta in 2012, made 84 league appearances for The Old Lady and scored three goals.

The move to Cagliari is part of the Serie B champions' efforts to bring Serie A experience into their recently-promoted squad ahead of their bid to avoid relegation next season.

The 32-year-old expressed his gratitude to the club, supporters and the city of Turin on his wife's Instagram account.

"Thank you first and foremost to all the teammates I've had over these five years, as all of you left me with something special and important. I will unlikely be fortunate enough to experience such a united and solid group again," he wrote.

"It has been an immense honour for me to play with all of you and I thank you for making me feel important and appreciated within the group.

"Thank you to the coaching staff of Antonio Conte and Max Allegri, who enabled me to learn new and winning things," he continued.

"Thank you to the beautiful city of Turin, where my beloved children were born and will always represent for my family the scenario for marvellous memories.

"And thank you to all the fans who in these years let me feel their support and personally appreciated me despite the fact my qualities are mediocre for the Juventus level, but they realised that in every occasion I tried to honour the shirt by giving my all," he concluded.