Before leaving for Turkish club Besiktas, Nathan Redmond posted an Instagram farewell to Southampton fans and employees. Six years after arriving from Norwich City in 2016, the winger retired from St. Mary’s with 30 goals and 27 assists in 232 games.
The 28-year-old had only one year left on his Saints deal, so he was expected to leave this summer; but, an agreement with an English side never materialized, so the Englishman is now set to make the transition to Turkey, where the transfer window is still open.
Redmond announced his departure from the Saints in an Instagram post: “After 6 years as a Saint, my journey with you has come to an end. First of all, I’d like to thank the Saints fans for their patience, support, and memories we have shared together over the years.
I signed up for this wonderful football club when there was no manager appointed at the time; through the support and trust of Les Reed, Ross Wilson, and Katharina bringing me to the club. I thank you deeply guys for making that happen!”
I have already expressed my gratitude to the players, many of whom have become lifelong friends, but I want to say it again: thank you. When everything was going well, our football game was fantastic.
Nathan Redmond has chosen top of the table Besiktas, deal set to be completed — Southampton have accepted. 🚨⚪️⚫️ #transfers
Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe were interested too but Redmond wants Besiktas.
The player and his representatives at ARETÉ are due to travel imminently. pic.twitter.com/t7iI2JEnq1
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 6, 2022
Even in the darkest of times, when we had to dig in and slog it out to get anywhere, we did it because we were a team and because we knew that by working together, we could get through anything. I want the best for you all in the years to come.
“To the staff, again I tried to see everyone and speak to you before I left, but as generic as it may seem, I thank you all for being something that this club values itself on — great people.
In an up-and-down environment, thank you for your time and dedication toward the common goal. This includes the kitchen, kit staff, medical/S&C, liaison/media, and of course the various coaching teams and four managers that I’ve worked with during my time spent at this…”
A team that has given me so much opportunity and time to develop as a person and a player. A group of people who have witnessed both my finest and my lowest moments. You never lose your sainthood. “Thank you very much, Southampton FC.”
On 15 October 2009, Redmond made his debut for the England under-16 team, helping set up the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Wales in the opening match of the 2009 Victory Shield, which England went on to win. In 2010, he played in all four matches and scored his first international goal as the under-16s reached the final of the Montaigu Tournament.
Redmond made his under-17 debut on August 3, 2010, scoring the first goal in a 5-0 victory over Finland under-17s in the Nordic Tournament. England went on to defeat Sweden under-17s in the championship game.
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