Ronaldo Vieira’s move from Leeds United to Sampdoria was confirmed on Friday, with the England youth international joining the Serie A side for a reported £6.2 million fee.
Vieira had been with Leeds since 2015, signing a professional contract with the Yorkshire club a year later.
Considered one of the brightest young talents in Europe, the midfielder was ranked the 20th best youth prospect under 20 years old in February.
He joins Sampdoria after making 71 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing four assists during his time at Elland Road.
At just 20 years of age, Vieira has a long career ahead of him and many Leeds supporters were sad to see him leave the club.
The player, himself, seemed to express some regret about the situation on Twitter, while still assuring Leeds supporters they were the best fans in the world.
See you soon???? pic.twitter.com/X1W9wawetV
— Ronaldo Vieira (@Ronaldo_Vieira8) August 2, 2018
Leeds supporters were quick to thank the midfielder for his efforts at Elland Road and wish him well on his next chapter in Italy.
Fantastic message young man, you’ve always been a credit to yourself and the club, we all wish you nothing but the best, no Leeds fan will ever have nothing but good things to say about you?
— Eamonn (@etmcg78) August 2, 2018
Respect Ronnie. Sad to see you go. All the best in Italy & show that melt Cristiano who the true Ronaldo is ? #mot
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) August 2, 2018
Shocked and saddened to see you leave Ronnie, hope it's not the last time we'll see of you at Leeds. Best of luck for the future ?.#ALAW
— WAFLL?? (@RyanLUFC92) August 2, 2018
Other supporters turned their attention to the club’s transfer policy and critiqued what they saw as the constant sales of Leeds’ best young players.
Leeds United selling their best young players before the season’s started pic.twitter.com/soY0zGXRsA
— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) August 1, 2018
In addition, the official club tweet drew questions from supporters, interpreted by some as overly terse and emotionless.
Disappointed more with how this has been handled and announced than his actual sale.
Deserved more than 1 line surely?
Good luck @Ronaldo_Vieira8 and thanks for your efforts…. hope it proves to be a successful move for you.
— Mick Ward (@MWardy21) August 1, 2018
Bit short and heartless lads ??
— Brandon Yates (@BielsasEnganche) August 1, 2018
Deserves far more than that, can’t even punctuate the sentence properly with a full stop at the end of the second sentence? good luck Ronny.
— Ash? (@ashlaurenn_) August 1, 2018
Despite the objections of much of the Leeds fanbase, Ronaldo Vieira will start a new stage in his career with Sampdoria in Serie A, becoming the latest young English player to ply his trade on the continent.