Cucho Hernandez has thanked Watford and their fans in a farewell statement after completing his move to Columbus Crew.

The Colombian forward has moved to the MLS side for a fee believed to be $10.5m, having scored five goals in the Premier League last season.

In a statement released on social media, the 23-year-old thanked the Hornets for fulfilling his dream of playing in the top flight of the English game, called his debut when he scored against Aston Villa “a perfect day” and praised the supporters “who supported us until the last moment.”

The statement reads: “These moments are never easy but it’s time to say goodbye. Every footballer dreams of playing in the Premier League and I have fulfilled that dream here. I will always remember my Watford debut – a perfect day when I was able to score my first goal for the club. I’m proud to have worn this shirt. Please know that I gave everything every time I defended these colours.

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“I want to thank each and every one of the people with whom I have shared this beautiful stage of my life, both professionally and personally. From my teammates, who helped me from the first day I arrived, to all the people who work for this great club. They have been my family during this time.


“I have been able to enjoy great moments together with you. Every day I learnt something new and that helped me to mature. I would also like to thank all the fans who supported us until the last moment. We felt very close to you at every game.

“I wish you the very best and I sincerely hope you achieve all your goals.”