Nelson Semedo has posted a heartfelt Instagram message to Barcelona supporters amid reports that he is about to move to England and join Wolverhampton Wanderers – and plenty of teammates have responded, including Philippe Coutinho.
Semedo, 26, joined Barcelona in the summer of 2017 and has since clocked up 124 appearances in all competitions after joining the Spanish champions from Benfica. However, he has come under criticism and has entered the final two years of his deal.
Wolves decided to cash in on Irish defender Matt Doherty who has joined Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer and it meant the Midlands side needed to replace him. A 14-time Portugal international, Semedo is on his way to Wolves.
BBC Sport have claimed that Wolves and Barcelona have been locked in talks over a £30million move for Semedo, who has been linked with the majority of the Premier League’s biggest sides this summer. Now, he has posted a message on Instagram.
His post is translated as: “Thank you Barcelona for giving me the opportunity to live the dream of wearing this shirt. Thank you for making me grow as a player and as a person, they were three wonderful years and I will never forget that.
“I thank my colleagues, staff, fans and all the people who helped me since I arrived here until today. I wish you the best luck in the world. Eternally grateful.”
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Muchas gracias Barcelona por darme la oportunidad de vivir el sueño de vestir esta camiseta, de jugar en camp nou, de aprender y disfrutar de los mejores del mundo. Gracias por hacerme crecer como jugador y como persona. Fueran 3 anos maravillosos que jamás olvidaré. Agradecer a mis compañeros, staff , afición y a todas las personas que me ayudaron desde que llegue hasta el dia de hoy. Os deseo la mejor suerte del mundo . Eternamente grato. Visca al Barça! 🔵🔴
Semedo is now expected to arrive at Wolves before the end of the week and could be part of a Wolves side that travels to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Barcelona players responded to their departing player’s post, with Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic all responded – as did Portugal teammate and Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
Coutinho said: “Mate, God bless your new ways.”
Rakitic said: “How great you are, good luck brother.”
Umtiti said: “I’ll miss you my brother.”
Fernandes said: “My brother we are together”.