Jela's Open Letter
Croatian pays tribute to Everton fans after joining Hull City.
Nikica Jelavic may have left Goodison Park this week, but Everton will always be in his heart.
The Croatian joined Hull City on Wednesday for an undisclosed fee in a bid to boost his World Cup chances by gaining more regular football.
And while Roberto Martinez now turns his attention to replacing the hitman who struck 11 goals in his first 16 appearances upon joining the Blues in January 2012, Jelavic took time out during his move to thank the Goodison faithful.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the 28-year-old said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Everton fans from the bottom of my heart for their support.
“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. 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 upfront with me about his thinking.
“While I’m sad to wave farewell to Everton and all my friends, 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.
Jelavic's open letter closes with 'Hvala vam i sretno' - Thank you and good luck.