Stevan Jovetic says that he is "thrilled" to have secured a move to Manchester City, after Fiorentina accepted a deal worth up to 30 million euros for his services.
The striker, 23, is yet to complete the move to the Premier League giant but is expected to leave his current Serie A club imminently.
Ahead of his departure from Florence, he heaped praise on the Italian club where he has made his name and wished it all the best in its Scudetto charge while he pursues silverware in England.
"I'm thrilled about the move to City, believe you me," he told Firenzeviola.it. "There's no point in saying anything more. City is a great club and it plays in the Premier League. I really want to win something. As well as that, I'll link up with my good friend Matija Nastasic.
"I'm leaving a stupendous team. I'll always have a place in my heart for Fiorentina and I'll always support it, naturally. Winning the Scudetto? I hope so."
Jovetic accepts that some supporters will be disappointed in his impending departure but defended his decision to leave for the Etihad Stadium, suggesting a change in scenery was needed in his career.
"Florence will always be in my heart. It's not as if I just spent a day here in the city, and that's why I'll miss it so much. It's a beautiful place and I got on well with everyone, especially the people here," he added.
"Now the fans are a bit cheesed off with me and that's only right, but I never had a bad word to say about them, or about Fiorentina. That'll be the day! But please try and understand me. I'm still young and I did all I could wearing this jersey, but now I need a change. Is that so wrong?"
The Montenegro international hinted at regrets at not being able to play alongside new Viola signing Mario Gomez in attack but did not want to dwell on the negatives of his transfer away from Fiorentina.
"I haven't met Gomez, but I know he's really good," Jovetic continued. "It would have been great to play alongside him, however… I had some really great years playing for Fiorentina.
"I arrived as a boy and now I'm leaving as a man and a footballer. Thank you all. I'll always have a place in my heart for Florence, and especially for the Fiorentina fans who really took to me."
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