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Stuttgart officially bid farewell to Didavi after 25 years

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

VfB Stuttgart officially bade farewell to Daniel Didavi on its websites and social media channels on Friday. 
Daniel Didavi.
Daniel Didavi.Photo: Jeollo/VfB-exklusiv.de/CC-by-SA 3.0
As expected, Daniel Didavi's career with VfB Stuttgart comes to an end along with his expiring contract. The 32-year-old's longtime club made the departure official on Friday. Didavi first joined the Stuttgart youth ranks in 1997, meaning that his time with the club spanned nearly a half a century. Didavi did spend one season on loan in Nürnberg (2011/12) and also played for Wolfsburg for two years (2016/17, 17/18).

Didavi scored 24 goals in a total of 113 top flight appearances with the Swabians. He also added sic tallies during Stuttgart's most recent year (2019/20) in the 2. Bundesliga. He played just 10 games, starting two, this season. In a released statement, VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat emphasized that the club "did not come to the decision easily."

"Dida came to VfB as a young boy and is now leaving as a person who has given a lot to the club," Mislintat noted, " Personally, I have maximum respect for 'Dida' as a footballer will miss his personality too. He's a prime example of how one can work their way up from the youth ranks."

"I can still remember well how I started as a youth player at VfB and then accomplished the dream of making it as a professional," Didavi is quoted as saying. "Now a new chapter begins for me, but I will always carry VfB in my heart."

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