Rabat – Raja of Casablanca’s former key defender, Jawad El Yamiq, has taken to his Facebook page to bid farewell to his loyal fans and to thank them following his recent transfer to Italy’s Genoa football club.
El Yamiq has also expressed his gratitude to his fans for the trust they placed in him and his abilities to proudly wear Raja’s jersey, a legacy “already carried by former legends of national football.” The 25-year-old footballer promised his fans that he will do his best with his new European team.
El Yamiq’s transfer was highly appreciated by Mehdi Benatia, captain of Morocco’s national football team and a key footballer for Italy’s Juventus football club.
On his Twitter account, Benatia shared a picture of the pair. Congratulating El Yamiq, Benatia wrote, “a new adventure [begins] for my brother Jawad El Yamiq. It is on you to well represent Morocco in Europe. I wish you the best.”
Une nouvelle aventure pour mon frero #JawadElYamiq
C’est là que le plus dur commence…
Je te souhaite le meilleur!
A toi de bien représenter les Marocains en Europe ?
Qu’Allah te facilite ??#dimamaghrib ?????? pic.twitter.com/rW5bOxI4Aw
— MBenatia5 (@MedhiBenatia) February 1, 2018
Raja (RCA) and Genoa reached an agreement for the transfer of El Yamiq last week. According to the sports news outlet L’Equipe, El Yamiq has signed a four-year contract with the Italian football team.
RCA received EUR 800,000 for the transfer and an additional EUR 800,000 in possible bonuses for El Yamiq who is also part of the Moroccan national team competing in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2018 which concludes this Sunday.
The 25-year old footballer signed for Raja in August 2016 after spending five years with Morocco’s Olympique Khouribga, with whom he won the Moroccan Coupe de Trone in 2015.