Jelavic thanks Evertonians with open letter

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Everton fans from the bottom of my heart for their support during my time at Goodison.

They gave me their backing from day one and never stopped believing in me, which is something I will always remember.

To score on my full debut in that memorable game against Tottenham was very special, and the feeling of Goodison that night will remain with me.

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I believe the scoring run which I went on during those first six months is the real Nikica Jelavic and I’m pleased the Evertonians were able to see and appreciate what I’m really about.

Everton supporters have a special way of making you feel like one of them, and even when I was not in the team in more recent times I always felt they were behind me.

Playing for Croatia is something I also take huge pride in and with a World Cup on the horizon I was in the situation of needing to play more games to make sure I remain in Niko Kovac’s thoughts ahead of the tournament in Brazil.

Unfortunately that wasn’t happening at Everton, and Roberto Martinez was very honest and up front with me about his thinking.

He listened to my concerns and said he would try and do the right thing for me.

When I went to meet Steve Bruce I realised it was the right move to a club with the potential to become a top Premier League outfit in the coming years.

Steve’s ambition was clear, as was his desire to see me playing and scoring goals.

While I’m sad to wave farewell to Everton and all my friends; both in the changing room, around the training ground, and the fans in the streets, it is time for my next challenge.

I’m only pleased that I was able to say goodbye with two goals in the FA Cup win against QPR, and share some special celebrations with them one last time.

I hope to be celebrating many more goals in future, and I’m excited to get going at my new club.

But you can guarantee the Toffees will remain in my heart. I hope they can go on to fulfil their ambitions this season and I will always look out for them.

Hvala vam i sretno

Nikica Jelavic

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