Andre Onana said an emotional goodbye to Inter Milan upon clinching his move to Manchester United.
The temptation of signing for Manchester United was too much for Andre Onana to resist.
But if Manchester United had not come calling, the Cameroon international goalkeeper would have been very happy to simply stay put at Inter Milan.
He had only spent a year at the San Siro, making a real connection with the fans, winning the Coppa Italia and reaching the Champions League final.
Andre Onana goodbye message
The goalkeeper wrote an emotional farewell via Instagram to Inter Milan fans, wishing the club well after a successful year.
He said: “I never imagined that a farewell would be so hard. A year ago I became a Nerazzurro, many people told me that this club and this city had something special. Now I can confirm it. In my first days as a Nerazzurro I realised that this is a family, that being Interisti is a way of understanding life.
“I fell in love with San Siro, la Curva and the city. Now the circumstances are right for me to start a new journey in Manchester. I do it with great enthusiasm, but knowing that I will miss you. Eternal gratitude to all the interisti. You make this club great.
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“Maybe one day our paths will cross again, but now it’s time to face new challenges and cheer you on from afar. Players come and go, but the club always remains, and Inter is above everything and everyone. André Onana.”
It was a classy message, upon beginning his Manchester United career. He has signed a five year deal at Old Trafford to 2028, with an option of a sixth year.
Onana will wear the number 24 shirt, the same he wore at Inter and previously at Ajax.
Responses to Onana
Andre Onana is a respected figure at Inter Milan and teammates Denzel Dumfries and Robin Gosens reached out to wish him well.
Onana’s message was also ‘liked’ by new and former teammate Antony, ex-Ajax pal Frenkie de Jong, and Inter’s ex United defender Matteo Darmian.
There were countless messages from Inter supporters expressing their upset and wishing him well, along with happy Manchester United fans too.