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Alvaro Negredo pens open thank you note to Manchester City fans

Alvaro Negredo has written an open letter to Manchester City, thanking the Premier League champions and their fans and declaring he became a better footballer during his year at the Etihad Stadium.

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The Spain striker returned to his home country with Valencia on a season-long loan that will lead to a permanent move for 30 million euros.

Negredo, who joined City from Sevilla for an initial 16 million pounds in 2013, insisted his experiences at the Etihad Stadium were wholly positive and said he fulfilled a dream in his time in England.

"Today I say goodbye to a magnificent club, as it is Manchester City," he wrote.

"I want to thank the club for helping me become a better footballer and for making me and family feel at home during my time here.

"About a year ago Manchester City, a club that for always will remain in my heart, gave me the amazing opportunity to play in England. And for me winning the Premier League, the Capital One Cup and scoring 23 goals in a season is a dream come true.

"After this year I can only say thank you to the club, to the fans that have supported me since the first day I wore this jersey and of course thank you and good luck to my team-mates, who helped me settle in since day one, not only as team-mates, but as friends.

"Today I say goodbye to Manchester City but I take with me many memories, lessons and great moments that will live with me forever. It has been one of the best years of my football career.

"At last I want to wish Manchester City many success for the future and thank the club for giving me the opportunity to sign for Valencia, a club to which I want to give back all the trust they have given me and start a new season with many success.

"Thank you with all my heart."

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