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Jela's Open Letter

Croatian pays tribute to Everton fans after joining Hull City.

Jela's Open Letter
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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.

Thank you for everything that you do at everton, we will support you forever, good luck at the new club and hope that you will success in the world cup

Friday 17th January 01:47 Report Comment

anthony elliottpure class jelli held your head up when things wer'nt going your way turn it on at Anfield once a blue always a blue

Friday 17th January 00:08 Report Comment

George Onasyou are the best Jela go on!!!!

Thursday 16th January 23:49 Report Comment

gerard ryanTop Top guy. Really sorry to see him go. I think it will be one we'll regret letting go. All the best Jelly.

Thursday 16th January 20:42 Report Comment

Andrew PatrickClass act. Shame he went from scoring every time he got the ball, to not being able to score if his life depended on it. Hope the move does him good.

Thursday 16th January 20:25 Report Comment

Susan TateGood Luck and thanks,so sorry to see you go xxxxx

Thursday 16th January 19:17 Report Comment

Susan TateGood Luck xxxxx

Thursday 16th January 19:15 Report Comment

adrian parryLater Jeller Feller

Thursday 16th January 18:44 Report Comment

Dave FisherSad to see you leave Jela. Would have been great to see you recapture the form you had at the beginning of your Everton career, but it wasn't to be. Good luck at Hull lad!

Thursday 16th January 18:29 Report Comment

Keith MagwoodYellow Brick Road sorry Nikica you always give 100% and at times were so unlucky !Good luck at hull!

Thursday 16th January 18:01 Report Comment

mark nightall the best jelly lad hope you start like you did for us and bang them goals in

Thursday 16th January 17:41 Report Comment

Brendan Duffyfair play nikica... we never got to see your full potential. best of luck for the future.

Thursday 16th January 15:57 Report Comment

Barry O'Connorcome back any time Jella baby.

Thursday 16th January 15:51 Report Comment

keith coldockPure class on and off the pitch

Thursday 16th January 15:23 Report Comment

Simon BunnSad to see you go Nik but I fully understand your reasons and wish you the best of luck for the future! Top man!! COYB

Thursday 16th January 14:12 Report Comment

john cheethamGood luck Nikica, thank you for all you did for my Club and I hope everything works out at HCFC for you Regards J Cheethamx

Thursday 16th January 13:32 Report Comment

Habib Erkan Jr.Best wishes at Hull. Sure you will be a fan favorite. Will never forget the brace at Old Trafford!

Thursday 16th January 13:28 Report Comment

Barry Byrnebig miss, should of been used more, good luck jela

Thursday 16th January 12:46 Report Comment

Derek PriceGreat player. Sad to see him go. Good luck Niki.

Thursday 16th January 12:27 Report Comment

Michelle HarlandLove Jelavic, gonna miss him!

Thursday 16th January 12:08 Report Comment

Jonathan Robertsthanks for your service and time at everton, good luck in the future jela

Thursday 16th January 11:59 Report Comment

Jamie Presland'Hvala vam i sretno' . All the best!

Thursday 16th January 11:58 Report Comment

Simon WardWhat a guy, Good Luck Jela, sorry to see you go!

Thursday 16th January 11:41 Report Comment

ANDY COSTIGANThanks Nikica, you may not have a Blue for very long but you earned our respect and your farewell message shows you are a man of class. Good luck with Hull, just don't score when we visit you ????

Thursday 16th January 11:12 Report Comment

Spencer JohnsonA bit of a tear there

Thursday 16th January 11:08 Report Comment

Zeya AungClass.

Thursday 16th January 10:50 Report Comment

patricia jonesGood luck to you, xxxx

Thursday 16th January 10:23 Report Comment

Matt ******Class. Goodbye and good luck Nikica, I wish you all the best and hope you feature for Croatia this summer.

Thursday 16th January 10:11 Report Comment

Players come, and players go, some are forgotten very quickly, you won't be among the forgotten ones NJ. Good luck with Hull City and thank you for your commitment to Everton FC

Thursday 16th January 10:00 Report Comment

Thai I.Sad to see him go, even if he was out of form. Was hoping that he'd get his form back after the QPR game. I wish him all the best at Hull, except against us

Thursday 16th January 09:50 Report Comment

sam carwinWhat a classy thing to do. Best of luck, mate.

Thursday 16th January 09:50 Report Comment

michael Jack petersonDread the thought of facing him toward the climax of the season! Best Wishes Nik for World Cup. COYB

Thursday 16th January 09:46 Report Comment
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