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“Love you all” - Maya Yoshida bids emotional farewell to Southampton

Yoshida left Saints for Sampdoria on loan on the final day of the January transfer window

Southampton FC Maya Yoshida transfer Sampdoria Saints fans goodbye Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Maya Yoshida bid a fond farewell to Southampton and Saints fans after leaving the club for Sampdoria on loan for the rest of the season.

The Japanese international, who has won 100 caps for the Samurai Blue, has his Saints contract expire in the summer.

With the loan move signalling an early end to his time at St. Mary’s, Yoshi took to Twitter to thank Southampton and the fans who grew to love him.

“Dear all Saints family,” Yoshida started. “Thank you for having me for seven-and-a-half years.

“There are too many great memories to write down here. So, make it simple... Don’t need to say anything else.

“Love you all.”

Signing in 2012 from VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, Yoshida made 190 appearances for Southampton, scoring nine goals. Not a bad return for a centre-half signed for just £3million in the summer ahead of the club’s return to Premier League football.

We at St. Mary’s Musings wish Yoshi nothing but the best after a great stint at Saints. We love you too!