Florian Thauvin late tonight released a letter via social media thanking Marseille fans for their support during his time there.
It reads as follows:
To all Marseille fans,
I am writing these few words with considerable emotion. My adventure with OM finished today. It did not finish the way that I had hoped it would and I cannot leave in any case without saying goodbye. My football experience at OM was not as wonderful as it was in my dreams or in our shared hopes.
I do not regret the efforts that I had to make to join this great club that is Olympique de Marseille. I met some fantastic fans who always supported me. I will keep in my head the memories of meetings with you after the wonderful victories of last year, a season that deserved a better ending.
I will miss the Velodrome for the rest of my life. The atmosphere and your support will be forever engraved in my heart.
I discovered the passion that reigns true over this club, this fervour which brings you together each weekend at the Velodrome and I shared the love that this town has for the Marseille colours.
I have always given. I have never cheated and every day I was proud to wear your colours.
Today, I keep in my heart the marvellous moments that I shared with you, the Marseillais, fans of OM and I think of your many displays of support.
I warmly thank all of those who have always believed in me, those who have always been behind me and have supported me throughout my seasons with OM.
I want to thank all of my teammates, the medical staff, the technical staff and notably the club stewards, the President, Jose Anigo, Elie Baup and Marcelo Bielsa.
I wish that the club quickly picks itself back up, that it has a great season because the town and you, the fans, deserve to have a great team.
I will never forget the Velodrome, I will never forget Marseille, I will never forget you.
With all my heart, once again, thank you to you, the Marseille fans.
Today, I begin a new adventure with Newcastle, an emblematic Premier League club that already has a great history.
I cannot wait to discover the passion of the English fans and the exceptional atmosphere at St James’ Park.
I hope that together we will have wonderful seasons and experience many victories.
I am proud to wear the number 20 shirt for Newcastle, I cannot wait to experience English football.