Free agent pens emotional farewell message amid Newcastle United & Aston Villa transfer links

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Newcastle United and Aston Villa have been linked with the Portuguese international who becomes a free agent this summer.

Raphael Guerreiro has posted an emotional farewell message to Borussia Dortmund ahead of leaving the German club on a free transfer.

The left-back made 224 appearances and scored an impressive 40 goals after joining from Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2019. His last game ended in disappointment after Dortmund’s 2-2 home draw with Mainz handed the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich.

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Dortmund had offered a new two-year contract but the 29-year-old has decided to seek a fresh challenge. Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Atletico Madrid are among the European clubs linked with Guerreiro in recent months.

“After 7 amazing years, It’s time for me to say goodbye to you all with a lot of sadness,” Guerreiro wrote on Instagram.

“The memories I made here taught me a lot about myself on the pitch but also helped me a lot knowing what I really love in football.

“I have always been myself while learning and improving here and I will never forget the love I got from the fans and my teammates during these 7 years. I had the chance to play with some fantastic players!

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“These farewells are obviously the hardest of my career according to the thrill I took while playing in this wonderful stadium.

“Trust me, I will never forget the feeling to play for this club and BVB Colors! Thank you ! 🖤💛”

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