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Simao thanks Atletico fans after exit

Simao has thanked Atletico Madrid fans after leaving the club to join Turkish side Besiktas.

Simao thanks Atletico fans - Football - La LigaReuters

The Portuguese winger, who had been with Atletico since his £17 million move from Benfica in 2007, paid tribute to fans in emotional terms following the move.

"It is difficult for me; I can hardly speak because since I came to Atletico I have grown and become a better professional," he said.

"When I arrived I said I would do my best to win a title and I eventually ended up with two in Europe (the Europa League and the European Super Cup).

"I have to thank the fans; the support they have given me has been spectacular. I will continue to follow Atletico as a fan myself."

Simao completed his three and a half years at the Vicente Calderon by scoring the only goal of the game against Espanyol in Atletico's Copa del Rey clash on Wednesday night.

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