Strakosha Bids Farewell to Lazio: ‘The Time Has Come To Say Goodbye’

Thomas Strakosha bid farewell to Lazio and the fans following his final appearance for the club.

The 27-year-old Albanian goalkeeper is leaving the Biancocelesti on a free transfer next month after his contract expires, ending a 10-year association with the club. Strakosha joined Lazio as a teenager from Greek side Panionios and he went on to become a reliable number one in Rome.

Writing on his Instagram page after Lazio’s final game of the season, Strakosha bid farewell to Lazio and the fans, posting a heartfelt goodbye.

The time has come to say goodbye to my Lazio after 10 beautiful, intense years, full of joy and trophies.

I want to thank you along with all the teammates I’ve had from the Primavera to the first team, along with their coaches, their staff, the club and all its wonderful fans who have always supported us.

Thank you my Lazio, you will always remain in my heart, I wish you all the best.

Strakosha also discussed his departure to Lazio Style Radio.

I really want to thank everyone. I can’t hide the fact that leaving hurts me, but there is a beginning and an end.

I hope to be an example for those who dream of making it from the youth system to the first team. I never expected this path. I can only thank everyone.

The Albanian shot stopper touched on his future.

I wish Lazio and their fans the best. Now I’ll look toward my future, but I can’t forget these years we spent together.

Finally, Strakosha reflected on his best and worst games for the club.

The first derby, the one we won in the Coppa Italia. However, it’s difficult to choose just one, especially when you win trophies.

The one I’d like to play again? I have no regrets, but I say the one with Inter in 2018 where we lost the Champions League spot.

The 27-year-old Strakosha is reportedly close to joining newly promoted Premier League side Fulham, giving him a chance to show off his skills to the world.

The Albanian shot stopper made 207 appearances across all competitions for Lazio across the last 10 years, conceding 247 goals and keeping 62 clean sheets. He won two Supercoppa Italiana and two Coppa Italia titles in Rome.

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