Mario ‘still an Atleti fan’

Mario Suarez hasn’t lost his love for Atletico Madrid despite leaving the club for Fiorentina after an emotional goodbye Press conference.

The midfielder has signed for the Serie A side but said his farewells on Tuesday at an event at which he was presented with a shirt signed by his now-ex teammates by President Enrique Cerezo.

“It’s the first time in a long time I’m here without being an Atleti player,” he said, AS reports.

“I’ve received many messages from fans and teammates and I would love to say goodbye. I’ve been here since I was nine and I’ve achieved many dreams, like making my debut, winning trophies and playing in the national team.

“Now I face a new challenge in an exciting project in Fiorentina. I’ve been since I was nine and I’m still a fan now I’m 28. I’ll always be a fan and I hope to come back one day.

“Fiorentina showed a lot of interest in me from the beginning. I talked to Borja Valero and the interest they showed was great. Their style is perfect for me and I’m very happy.

“Atletico fans are demanding and they made me a better player. I’m happy to have played here and to be one of them.

“I’ve signed for four seasons at Fiorentina and it’s a very exciting project. I’m looking to settle in Florence and to compete.

“There’s a lot of memories from here that come to mind. It’s hard to win so many trophies and there are some very special moments. I’m proud to have been here.

“There’s too many memories. The first day was special, the first time training with the first team, my first game, the first trophy…many great moments. I only have words of gratitude.

“It’s a new adventure outside Spain. Staying in the national team is one of my goals and I hope to go to Euro 2016.”

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