Jonathan Kodjia has posted a heartfelt farewell message to Aston Villa supporters on Twitter after the striker was confirmed as leaving Villa Park earlier this week to join Al-Gharafa SC in the Qatar Stars League.
The 30-year-old was confirmed as leaving Villa more than three years after joining the club for £15million in the summer of 2016 – a Roberto Di Matteo signing from Bristol City following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Since then, the Ivory Coast international has scored 31 goals in 106 games for Villa – but has been forced to play back-up this season to Wesley. The Brazilian, who saw his season ended early after picking up a knee injury, kept Kodjia out of the side.
Wesley’s injury suggested that Villa may use Kodjia but instead the Midlands club have decided to bring in Mbwana Samatta from KRC Genk, after he starred in this season’s Champions League. It is believed they may target another striker.
It is believed Villa have raked in £2million for Kodjia [Birmingham Live], given that his contract expired in the summer. Smith delivered a parting shot: “He wasn’t up to the standard. He hadn’t got to the level of fitness that was required.”
Despite the comments from the manager, Kodjia posted a message to Villa fans on Twitter in what was a heartfelt post – saying thank you to supporters and underlining his pride at wearing the claret and blue.
Thanks for the support from day 1. I really enjoyed playing for @AVFCOfficial it was a real honour. I hope you feel I wore the shirt with pride. No amount of thank you to every single one of you would be enough to show you my appreciation. All the best. 4ever Claret & Blue. pic.twitter.com/7jTJQ2n3jT
— Jonathan Kodjia (@J_Kodjia) January 21, 2020