On Instagram, Heurelho Gomes has penned an emotional message of goodbye to Watford fans.
“It’s hurting and will hurt for a while!” he said. “Not because of myself, maybe I’m the least affected, I knew one day it was going to come to an end for me, but I feel for the fans, I feel for my team-mates and friends.”
After confirming the club’s relegation to the Championship, the veteran Brazilian goalkeeper cut a distraught figure at Arsenal last weekend.
Writing on his Instagram account earlier this week, he sent the supporters an emotional message saying they had deserved better than what the club served up in 2019/20:
“I feel for the people at the training ground, I feel for the people at the stadium, I feel for everyone involved with Watford Football Club, you did deserve better from us.
“But It’s time to start to pick yourself up and go again, and go back to where you belong, and l’m sure that you gonna do it.
“I will be always supporting you, doesn’t matter where I go or what I’m doing.
“For now, I would like to thank you so much for everything you have done to me, and you always will have a special place in my heart @watfordfcofficial hopefully I will have the opportunity to say goodbye.”
Before moving to Holland in 2004 Gomes came through ranks at Cruzeiro to play for PSV Eindhoven.
It was there that he was spotted by Tottenham Hotspur who brought him four years later to England for a fee of almost £8 m.
He has played for Spurs more than 100 games and also had a spell with Hoffenheim in Germany before joining Watford in 2014.
Gomes played a total of 159 games for Watford but had been a back-up to Ben Foster in the past season, limited to just three appearences.
The 39-year-old is expected to announce his retirement following a career that began in his native Brazil and spanned nearly two decades.