Xavier Simons admits that leaving Chelsea was a difficult decision, but one he made in the best interests of his long-term career..
Simons signed a three-year deal with Hull City earlier this month, ending his six-year association with the Premier League club. He had spent the first half of the season on loan with the Championship club.
Despite having limited first-team opportunities this season, Simons believes a move to City, as well as working under Tigers head coach Liam Rosenior, is the best fit for his career.
The 20-year-old had only played nine minutes of Championship football prior to being handed his first league start in the draw with Preston North End last month, but he has decided that a move to East Yorkshire is the best option for him.
“After an incredible 6 years full of wonderful memories,” Simons said, “it’s time for me to take the next step in my career.” “I want to express my gratitude to the incredible players and staff members I’ve worked with for shaping me into the person and player I am today.”
Also, a special thank you to the club for looking after me during my difficult injury periods..
It’s been a difficult decision to leave a club I’ve loved since I was 14, a team I also made my professional debut for, but I believe it’s the best one for my development. I hope to see my teammates and coaching staff again in the future..
“Finally, a huge thank you to the fans who have and continue to support me throughout my journey – Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.”
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