Departing Afena-Gyan thanks Mourinho for ‘believing’ in him

Felix Afena-Gyan has confirmed his departure from AS Roma by posting a farewell message on social media, thanking manager Jose Mourinho for believing in him.

Afena-Gyan has agreed to join Serie A newcomers Cremonese on a permanent basis. The transfer is expected to be completed this week, and both Afena-Gyan and Cremonese are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.

The young Ghana striker is leaving after 18 months with Roma. Having joined the club’s youth setup in the early part of 2021, Felix quickly progressed from the Under-18s to the Primavera side and then, at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, he was called up to Mourinho’s first team squad.

After making his professional debut against Cagliari in October 2021, a few weeks later he opened his account for the club with two late goals in an unforgettable substitute appearance against Genoa.

He has since made several appearances for Roma, helping them win the Europa Conference League last season.

“I’m grateful to AS Roma, the technical team and staff for the precious opportunity and support I have enjoyed in the last one and half years,” the 19-year-old’s farewell message read.

“My utmost love to the manager Jose Mourinho. The last seven months with you has totally changed my life. Thank you for believing in me.”

“To my former teammates and Roma fans, I cherish the wonderful moments we shared together.”

“Thank you, Mr Alberto De Rossi [manager of Roma’s Primavera squad] for the role you’ve played in my growth.”

“It was a huge honour to put on the Roma shirt.”

Afena-Gyan is currently in Cremona, finalising his transfer to Cremonese.


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