The last four years that I was with Maccabi, both on a professional and personal level were the best I had in my whole life. I never thought that I could feel at home outside of my own country. The decision that I made was not simple, but I believe it was a crucial one.
Now is the time to give new players with energy and hope the chance to play. It would have been easy for me to stay but it would have not been fair to the Club and the fans as it’s been a very intense four years. I accomplished much more than I expected and it would have been very difficult for me to give 100% and Maccabi doesn’t deserve any less than that.
I’m proud that I represented the Club both in Israel and in Europe and during this time the Maccabi emblem has been tattooed on my heart and it will remain there forever. Today, my time being a Maccabi player may have ended but it turned me into a fan.
I’ll never forget the 4:0 Derby win, the championship celebrations at Ramat Gan Stadium, the local fans who were with us in Frankfurt; those who were proud of how we fought and how proud they were of us even in defeat. The way we advanced and played in the Champions League, the Treble, my first goal at Maccabi and how you celebrated as if it was a goal in the World Cup Final. And of course the goal I scored in the Derby last season; the greatest dream of anyone who ever wears the Yellow & Blue kit.
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I want to thank you, the loyal fans from the bottom of my heart for the your amazing connection to the Club and that you were an integral part of us. I always identified with you because I am a very passionate person, warrior and winner that does what needs to be done.
I have to give a big thank you to the fans in section 13. I’ll never be able to explain to you how you made me feel with your support and warm words in both the best and hardest of times. To my teammates who made me feel complete and gave me the opportunity to help live this dream.
Last but not least are my Israeli friends who both opened your homes and your hearts to me and my family; you’ll always be with me wherever I go.
The biggest thank you goes to my wife, who was my fortress with warmth and understanding. To my daughters who no longer call the color yellow, yellow, but Maccabi Tel Aviv.
I want to say that this is not the end but just a goodbye for now.