The Portuguese defender ended his seven-year stay at St Mary’s last night by sealing an £8million switch to the Hammers.
His exit is no surprise as it comes after he submitted a transfer request earlier this season and found himself frozen out over his desire to leave the club.
But that still doesn’t stop it being hard for Saints fans and Fonte to deal with.
He was captain of the club and had helped them to promotions from League One and the Championship before helping them become an established Premier League team again.
So you can understand why Fonte felt the need to post a heartfelt message to the supporters he leaves behind:
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Dear Saints fans A lot could be said,I could argue and disagree,I could go on all day but in the end what it really matters is the journey we have been together. We have been to Wembley and won, achieved promotion after promotion,great premier league seasons with records broken,European football…and the list goes on! Not for a moment I regret anything I did,because I have given my all every single day I have worn the Saints crest until the last second of my last training session! I have never rejected to play in any circumstances!!A lot has been said about me and my situation, most of it lacked any accuracy but we all know how the football business works! So now it's time to say THANK YOU!!! To everyone without exception,even the ones who can't accept it and don't understand THANK YOU!!! I will take every single one of you in my heart and all the great memories! To all my team mates throughout the last 8 seasons thank you,for pushing me to be better,for inspiring me,for laughing with me for arguing with me and even fighting me 😂 I'm a better player because all of you made strive for greatness! A mention to all my managers to in Pardew,Adkins,Pochetino,Koeman and Puel for teaching me a lot in different ways! To all the staff at the club I hope I wasn't much of a pain and i treated you with respect! Take care and we see each other out there soon. José Fonte
Fonte leaves St Mary’s after making 288 appearances in eight seasons at the club.
He should now go straight into Slaven Bilic’s team once he becomes available and is still good enough, despite being 33, to make a big impact for his new club.