Juanfran pens open letter to Atletico Madrid fans

Juanfran reacts to his penalty miss during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016

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Juanfran has thanked to the Atletico Madrid faithful for the support that they have given him since Saturday’s Champions League final disappointment.

After Atleti and rivals Real Madrid had scored a goal apiece during 120 minutes of action in the San Siro, the destination of the trophy was decided on penalties.

After seven successful spot-kicks, Atleti right-back Juanfran struck the post and Cristiano Ronaldo duly converted to hand Los Blancos the title for the 11th time.

In an open letter posted on the club’s official website, the 31-year-old wrote: “Hello Atleticos, I have asked the club to address all of you through this letter to tell you everything I feel.

“I will never forget your displays of affection when I came to ask your forgiveness. To see my tears reflected in the faces of the thousands of Rojiblancos in that end of the stand helped me cope with the tremendous sadness I felt in those hard moments. As well as the support of my colleagues, coaches and all the people who form this great family.

“I also want to thank you for always believing in us and, above all, for proving that being Atletico is something very special, different and that our hearts beat stronger than any other.

“Two years ago [after Champions League Final 2014, also lost to Madrid] I told you we would return to a final. Now, I tell you that Gabi, our captain, will lift the Champions League sooner or later and we will celebrate it together in Neputono. I love you very much. Aupa Atleti.”

Juanfran joined Atlei from Osasuna in 2012 and he has gone on to make over 250 appearances in all competitions.

Source: Sportsmole – La Liga

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