Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Glik Departs

Torino captain Kamil Glik has left the club to join French side Monaco on a four year deal for an initial fee of €11 million.

Glik joined Toro from Palermo five years ago and the committed central defender has enjoyed a number of memorable moments wearing the Granata shirt.

The Polish international was part of the squad who gained promotion to Serie A in the 2011/12 season. In the following campaign, despite receiving red cards in both fixtures against Juventus, his committed performances endeared him to the Torino supporters.

After the departure of Rolando Bianchi, Glik became Toro's first non-Italian captain since 1960 and under his leadership the Granata finished 7th in the league and qualified for Europe. The 2014-2015 season was arguably Glik's best with the club as he scored eight goals whilst also contributing defensively to memorable victories against Athletic Bilbao and Juventus.

Glik struggled to find his best form for Toro in the last season, but that could certainly be said for a number of Torino players, as the club endured an inconsistent campaign. However, Glik was one of Poland's best performers at Euro 2016, and helped his country to the the quarter finals before being eliminated on penalties by Portgual.

This move will give Glik a chance to play in the Champions League, although Monaco will have to progress through the qualifying rounds in order to reach the group stages.

Glik has posted a farewell message to the Toro fans on the official website which can be found here.

Grazie Kamil!

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