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