Eljero Elia has dedicated a message to Twente fans after beating his old team 5-0 with Feyenoord yesterday.
The Dutch winger spent two seasons with Twente between 2007 and 2009 before moving on to Hamburg in an €8.5million deal.
He scored 16 goals in 83 games during that time and is still held in high regard by fans of the club.
But Elia was feeling bad yesterday after Feyenoord put five past them without response for a defeat which leaves Twente just one point away from the relegation zone.
He lasted just 54 minutes of the clash – but it was enough for him to send a message to the Twente supporters via Twitter after full-time. It’s translated as: “For all Twente fans, it did hurt me to see my club like this.
“You don’t have to think that “Ellie” doesn’t care. FC Twente 4 life. It will all be alright!”
— Eljero Elia (@ELJERO11ELIA) November 22, 2015
Those are kind words from Elia – who has also had spells previously with ADO Den Haag, Juventus, Werder Bremen and Southampton – and they should be appreciated by fans of his former club.
But it doesn’t change the fact that manager Rene Hake’s team are on the verge of a relegation fight with just 13 games of the season played.