De Vita thanks fans as he confirms Bradford City departure

Raffaele De Vita in action against Crawley in April - his last league game at Valley Parade

Raffaele De Vita in action against Crawley in April - his last league game at Valley Parade

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

RAFFAELE De Vita has confirmed that he will not be coming back to City, admitting his injury-ravaged stay had been “a nightmare from start to finish.”

The Italian came back to the club for pre-season, hoping to earn a new deal after a first year when he spent most of the time stuck on the sidelines.

But the thigh problem that dogged him before flared up again and he returned to Rome to undergo two weeks of intensive treatment.

City decided against taking up their option of a second season on the contract he signed in the summer of 2013.

De Vita was restricted to only nine starts, scoring once against Wolves.

His latest injury blow, suffered in the friendly against Blackburn, effectively ended the midfielder’s hopes of forcing a rethink.

De Vita released an open letter to the fans on Twitter to say goodbye.

He said: “I won’t be back at Bradford so I wanted to say thank you to the fans.

“Even though it’s been a nightmare from start to finish, I am thankful I’ve had the chance to be part of such a big club.

“I’ve met some great people, played with a great group of lads and enjoyed the brilliant atmosphere of Valley Parade.

“I’m upset it didn’t work out but that’s football. The injury I suffered last season was a strange one and no one was able to tell me what was really wrong with it.

“I wish the fans all the best for the future. I’m sure the club are destined for great things.”

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4:18pm Tue 2 Sep 14

jamiejoe says...

Great comments - an intelligent footballer and in touch too!!
Great comments - an intelligent footballer and in touch too!! jamiejoe
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7:06pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Cityman23 says...

He never really fitted in at City, but he did have a lot of injury problems too which was unfortunate. However, he seems a nice guy and deserves the best wishes of City fans for his generous comments.
He never really fitted in at City, but he did have a lot of injury problems too which was unfortunate. However, he seems a nice guy and deserves the best wishes of City fans for his generous comments. Cityman23
  • Score: 17

1:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lawsonio123 says...

Good Luck in your efforts where ever you go i hope recover and go on to play for a long time Best Wishes
Good Luck in your efforts where ever you go i hope recover and go on to play for a long time Best Wishes lawsonio123
  • Score: 5
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