In an emotional letter to Everton fans, Lucas Digne takes a jab at ‘destructive’ Rafa Benitez.


In an emotional letter to Everton supporters, Lucas Digne takes a swipe at ‘destructive’ Rafa Benitez.

Lucas Digne has launched a blistering attack on Everton boss Rafa Benitez, accusing him of forcing him out of the club ahead of his £25 million move to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

In a sensational attack launched on the eve of Lucas Digne’s transfer to Aston Villa, the Frenchman accused Everton manager Rafa Benitez of forcing him out of the club.

Villa are close to completing a £25 million deal to sign the left-back, who had been on the verge of leaving Goodison Park.

The 28-year-old has not played for Everton since a 4-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool in early December.

After the stunning loan capture of Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard’s free-spending side look set to end his Merseyside exile by making him their second signing this month.

In his final hours as a Blue, Digne fired a stinging parting shot at Benitez, writing on Instagram that “sometimes it only takes one person from outside to destroy a beautiful love affair.”

“Thank you for 3 12 years in Blue,” he wrote.

The Evertonians have always welcomed me with open arms, and I am eternally grateful for that.

“It’s been a dream come true to be a part of the Everton family.”

On and off the field, I have always worked hard to give back to the fans.

The unity of the fans and players has been inspiring to me.

Not only on match days, but also in everyday life, Goodison Park is a must-see.

“I signed a new contract only a year ago with the goal of staying at this club for a long time and giving everything for my club, for the development and project that I believed in – and for the passionate fans.”

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“My dream was to help the club reclaim its rightful place in the community.

I was always proud to wear the captain’s armband during some games.

“Everything has to come to a close.

I just didn’t think it would end up this way.

What has happened in the last month, as well as some things said about me, has made me very sad.

“However, I will not engage in a verbal battle with anyone.”

The club, the fans, and, to be honest, I don’t think I deserve it.

“There are so many good and decent people who want to help in and around Everton.”

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