Fernando Forestieri admits he burst into tears when he realised he was set to leave Watford.
The Argentine striker enjoyed an excellent rapport with supporters at Vicarage Road - and hopes to enjoy similar success at Sheffield Wednesday, a club he chose to join because the Owls made him feel wanted.
“I didn’t want to go on loan,” the striker, who has signed a four-year deal at Hillsborough, told wdsport.co.uk.
“I need to do this for my for my career with a club who wanted me. I needed to think about my next club and my future.
“Sheffield Wednesday really wanted me and after my agent told me about them I start to check out the club, check the players.
“They have a very good team, very good fans and have a really good project.
“I know [Wednesday’s former Watford players] Lewis McGugan and Danny Pudil already, but they did not help make the decision; I made my decision with my wife.
“I’m very happy that Lewis and Danny are there, though.”
Forestieri joined Watford from Udinese in 2012, originally on loan, and the Italian U21 international scored 20 goals from 48 league starts.
“I’m very sad to leave Watford,” the 25-year-old added.
“I wanted to stay. I love the fans and I love the club. One week before pre-season the owner said he wants me and that I can be a big player here.
“At the last moment they change the idea. I don’t know what happened.
“One week ago the owner told my agent he could find another club for me, because the plans change.
“That’s it - I had to leave Watford. It broke my heart. I cried in the night because my heart is broken.
“I didn’t want to leave. This for me is very sad as I have three beautiful years in Watford. But this is football. I understand.”
“Lots of fans think a player is about money and playing,” Forestieri added.
“But this is not true. We have sentiment.”