As I write this I keep thinking about all the things that have happened in the last week… And I do that still from the hotel room where I live since I arrived in Manchester a week ago. For the next posts I hope I can write from my own house; I’m looking forward to find it! I think it’s important to find a home as soon as possible, and there are very nice areas to live here in Manchester.
As you know, this is my first post as a Manchester United player. Since the last time I wrote to you I have had a very intense week. Indeed, it has changed my life! In the last seven days many things have happened, up to the point that I’m in a new club and a new city. It’s been a week with mixed feelings, nerves, and times of sadness and happiness, and I have tried to enjoy every moment and learn from what life teaches you everyday.
So now I’m starting this new road, full of excitement and looking forward to keep enjoying football,
and I have to say that the reception from the club, team mates, manager and fans has been superb
. I feel even more motivated to face this wonderful challenge!
I’m very happy I have the opportunity to be in a team with amazing players who have won so many trophies. One of them, De Gea, has been a good friend of mine for years and he’s helping me a lot these days.
This post would be neverending if I had to tell about all my feelings in the last few hours. I’ll just say it’s all about happiness, gratitude and excitement.
As you can imagine I haven’t had time to spare. After flying from London by helicopter and having a fantastic reception I spent the day completing my medical and, later, I signed the contract. On Sunday I met my new team mates and I had my first training session with them. By the way, [...]
As you can imagine this is a very important day in my life, and with these lines I would like to express the memories and emotions that come to me as I write.
This letter is written from my heart, and first of all I would like to say that I will never forget all the affection given to me by the Chelsea fans. From the very first day until the last.
With your support and affection I have grown up as a player and I have had an amazing time both on and off the pitch. I will always feel the gratitude towards you. Always. No words are enough to give back all the things I have received. There has been plenty of good moments: the FA Cup, my first trophy as a Blue; the immense happiness of winning titles for the first time in the club’s history, such as that magical Champions League night in Munich and the Europa League… On the other hand, I have experienced some complicated situations from a personal point of view, mainly during the last six months. Every message I got through the social media, every nice word you have said to me on the street, and of course, your support in the stadium, has made me feel incredibly proud of the Chelsea fans; you deserve a team like the one you’ve got, with so many fantastic players.
Today I’m writing to you at the end of a Sunday off that I have spent with my family and friends chilling out at home. Although it’s not very cold in London these days, today it was rainy and foggy so I wasn’t tempted to go out and chose the couch, a movie and a book instead.
Meanwhile, our winning at Derby County takes us through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, always a very special competition (I still remember when we won it against Liverpool at Wembley two years ago).
Our next rival in the FA Cup will be Stoke, but that will be at the end of January and before that there are many exciting games to play. The schedule is full this month. [...]