Nigel De Jong is officially leaving Milan, who thanked him for his services.
Despite being a fans’ favourite and one of the best players last season, Nigel De Jong didn’t get too many chances this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic and is now ready for a new chapter in his life and career as a MLS move is on the cards.
“AC Milan announces that Nigel De Jong’s contract with the club has been terminated today by mutual consent,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads on Monday.
“AC Milan would like to thank the Dutchman for his determination, commitment and professionalism shown during his time with the red and black colours. We wish him all the success possible and all the very best for the next stage of his career.” De Jong is going to join Los Angeles Galaxy in the next days.
The 31-year-old, who had just signed a contract extension in June for three additional years (€3m per season net reportedly), sent a message to Milan through his Twitter account:
“The moment has come to move on to the next chapter in my career. But first I want to take this time to say a couple of words. I’d like to thank AC Milan for giving me the opportunity of playing for this jersey the last couple of years. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, staff and people working in and around Milanello for always making me feel I was part of their family.
“And of course the fans that supported me from day one, in good and bad times. [I] always respected and honored the logo on that red and black jersey and tried to defend it with a 100% commitment.
“I want to wish everybody with a red and black heart all the best in the future and hope Milan will rise again! Regards, Nigel De Jong.”
De Jong joined Milan 3.5 years ago and played 95 matches with the Diavolo shirt, scoring 9 goals including the winner in the derby in the 2013-14 season (2:12 in the video). Good luck, Nigel!