Mehdi Benatia has bid Juventus a touching farewell, revealing his initial plan to see out his career with the Old Lady.
On the back of a successful two-and-a-half year stint at the Allianz Stadium, the 31-year-old completed a €10 million (£9m/$11m) move to Qatari outfit Al Duhail.
His decision to leave Italy for the second time was as a result of limited playing time this season.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri regularly opts for a centre-back pairing of Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.
Last month, the former Bayern Munich revealed that he was going through 'difficult times’ at the club; but such has now been halted with his move to Qatar - although one he never foresaw.
"Hello everyone. After two very challenging days, I wanted to take the time to say goodbye to this great family, Juventus players, fans, the staff, storekeepers and the whole Juve family that I will miss for sure. I leave a lot of friends that I hope I will see again soon," Benatia wrote on Instagram.
"You have been living in the centre of my life for two and a half years and we have had a lot of satisfaction and in July I was sure I would have finished my career with you, but unfortunately life has some surprises and I had to change my plans but always with the desire to win with determination and trying to make a choice even at the family level.
"Thank you. I understand that some do not want to accept my choice but I only ask you to respect it. Forza Juve and try to win everything, with this splendid group everything is possible," he concluded.
Ciao tutti. Dopo 2 giorni molto impegnativi volevo prendere il tempo di salutare questa grandissima famiglia @juventus .Giocatori tifosi staff technico staff Medical magazzinieri... e tutta la famiglia Juve che mi mancherà di sicuro. Lascio tantissimi amici che spero avrò modo di rivedere al più presto. Siete stati per 2 anni e mezzo il centro della mia vitta abbiamo vissuto tanto cose insieme e abbiamo ottenuto grande soddisfazione. A luglio ero sicuro che avrei finito la carriera insieme a voi poi purtroppo la vita ti riserva delle sorprese e quindi ho dovuto cambiare i miei piani ma sempre con voglia di vincere determinazione e cercando di fare una scelta anche al livello famigliare 🙏🏽🙏🏽grazie di ❤.capisco che qualcuno non vuole accettare la mia scelta ma vi chiedo solo di rispettarla. Forza juve e cercate di vincere tutto con questo gruppo splendido e tutto possibile. 🙏🏽🙏🏽❤ #forzajuve #finoallafine ⚫️⚪️⚫️
After initially impressing on loan from Bayern Munich, Benatia secured a permanent move to Turin in June 2017 and was a core member of their defensive set-up.
His contribution was immense, heightened by the brace he scored in last season's 4-1 victory over AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final.
He won two Serie A, two Coppa Italia and one SuperCoppa Italia titles.