Odion Ighalo posted a heartfelt goodbye to Granada fans after completing his move to Watford

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During his five years on loan at Granada, Odion Ighalo became a club legend. He was part of the side that rose from the Spanish fourth tier to the top flight and scored crucial goals. After joining Watford, he posted an emotional goodbye message to the Nazaríes supporters.

The striker has penned a one-year loan deal at Vicarage Road from fellow Pozzo-owned club Udinese.

It's in Spain where he has made his name however and the 25-year-old tweeted a heartfelt farewell to Granada fans on Twitter, which has been translated by insidespanishfootball.com.

It read: “Now that I have just signed for Watford, I want to thank the president, board of directors, colleagues and staff of Granada CF, their great fans and this marvellous city. From the very first day I arrived here, they have made me feel at home.

“It’s difficult for me after five seasons, knowing that I won’t be at the club for the next season. It’s also difficult explaining to my sons that their father has to change teams and won’t be playing at Granada, a club with whom they feel identified with and even though they’re only young.

"I also leave behind great friends, who I won’t forget.

“The greatest thing that I take with me in my heart, is knowing that I leave this great team in the Primera, which was always my challenge from the first day I stepped on the pitch at Nuevo Los Cármenes.

“I feel very proud to have achieved something very important in the footballing world, which was achieving two consecutive promotions and I’ll never forget how well I’ve been treated, both by the club and the fans I encountered, every time I walked down the street…

"I will always feel a part of Granada and wherever I am, I’ll be following the games as another fan and whenever I can, I’ll be back to watch them.

“Finally, I thank God for giving me this great opportunity and hope that life takes me down new paths, achieving the same success I’ve enjoyed here, because although I’ll be many miles from Granada, it will always be my second home.”

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7:20pm Tue 29 Jul 14

b.kelso says...

Great words...heartfelt and passionate....welcom
e to Watford...the guy plays with his heart on his sleeve....Good good signing....
Great words...heartfelt and passionate....welcom e to Watford...the guy plays with his heart on his sleeve....Good good signing.... b.kelso
  • Score: 38

7:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AMP4WFC says...

A true sportsman. Love the passion he has for the game and for the club he is playing for. Welcome to WFC: May you live to be a legend here also.
A true sportsman. Love the passion he has for the game and for the club he is playing for. Welcome to WFC: May you live to be a legend here also. AMP4WFC
  • Score: 33

7:59pm Tue 29 Jul 14

llloydwithathirdl says...

Fantastic statement, looking forward to seeing him play.
Fantastic statement, looking forward to seeing him play. llloydwithathirdl
  • Score: 23

8:02pm Tue 29 Jul 14

WessexLad says...

Welcome aboard, Odion. Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make Udinese regret that they didn't get in first.
Welcome aboard, Odion. Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make Udinese regret that they didn't get in first. WessexLad
  • Score: 24

8:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

mkhornet says...

Welcome to Watford Odion, you will be greeted with a warm welcome from the Vicarage Road fans. May your time with "The Hornets" be a successful one.
Welcome to Watford Odion, you will be greeted with a warm welcome from the Vicarage Road fans. May your time with "The Hornets" be a successful one. mkhornet
  • Score: 21

9:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AussieHornetsFan says...

Welcome Odion - we wish you the best of luck. You are still part of the Pozzo family and success for Watford means Granada and Udinese benefit.
Welcome Odion - we wish you the best of luck. You are still part of the Pozzo family and success for Watford means Granada and Udinese benefit. AussieHornetsFan
  • Score: 15

6:24am Wed 30 Jul 14

Pawlettfan says...

Rose from fourth tier to top flight? Scored crucial goals? Club legend?
Could it be another Luther?
Rose from fourth tier to top flight? Scored crucial goals? Club legend? Could it be another Luther? Pawlettfan
  • Score: 4

7:22am Wed 30 Jul 14

robo bovingdon says...

Welcome Odion looks like you play with a smile on your face hope you make the Championship defences wince when you score and help the Horns to the Prem hope to see you playing on saturday.
Welcome Odion looks like you play with a smile on your face hope you make the Championship defences wince when you score and help the Horns to the Prem hope to see you playing on saturday. robo bovingdon
  • Score: 7

8:01am Wed 30 Jul 14

Anybody_There says...

That is a perfect example of how a player should leave a club if they want to ever be received back positively by their fans. I hope that any player who plans to move on from us reads his statement and realises the goodwill it can generate for both the fans of the old team and the new to act in such a manner.
Welcome aboard and I hope your experiences with us are as good as with Granada (or better!)
That is a perfect example of how a player should leave a club if they want to ever be received back positively by their fans. I hope that any player who plans to move on from us reads his statement and realises the goodwill it can generate for both the fans of the old team and the new to act in such a manner. Welcome aboard and I hope your experiences with us are as good as with Granada (or better!) Anybody_There
  • Score: 14

9:43am Wed 30 Jul 14

bushey tales says...

There's not been an Odeon in Watford since the old one up by the pond closed in 1983 and which division were we in then? Precisely.
There's not been an Odeon in Watford since the old one up by the pond closed in 1983 and which division were we in then? Precisely. bushey tales
  • Score: 10

7:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

cliff46 says...

Anybody_There wrote:
That is a perfect example of how a player should leave a club if they want to ever be received back positively by their fans. I hope that any player who plans to move on from us reads his statement and realises the goodwill it can generate for both the fans of the old team and the new to act in such a manner.
Welcome aboard and I hope your experiences with us are as good as with Granada (or better!)
Absolutely agree with your comments.
If he plays half as well as he talks he will prove to be a good signing.
He doesn't have a great scoring record but if he is good enough for Gino then he is definitely good enough for me!
[quote][p][bold]Anybody_There[/bold] wrote: That is a perfect example of how a player should leave a club if they want to ever be received back positively by their fans. I hope that any player who plans to move on from us reads his statement and realises the goodwill it can generate for both the fans of the old team and the new to act in such a manner. Welcome aboard and I hope your experiences with us are as good as with Granada (or better!)[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with your comments. If he plays half as well as he talks he will prove to be a good signing. He doesn't have a great scoring record but if he is good enough for Gino then he is definitely good enough for me! cliff46
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