"Recently, many people have been asking me the reason why I left PAOK. I have refused all the interviews to talk about it. I chose to wait some time before releasing any statement in order to express myself with a clear mind, but I think now it is the right time to tell all the truth and move forward to my new team.
First, I want to thank to all the people who provided me these three amazing years: teammates; staff and supporters. I leave feeling sorry for not having achieved a title for this amazing club.
Since the beginning that was my will to stay in PAOK. I´ve always felt good at the club, I was an option with all the coaches and me and my family felt Thessaloniki as our 'home'. Unfortunately, football is often a dirty world, where there are more important interests than the player´s and his contribute to the team.
Since Mr. Lubos Michel joined the club, I realized that he did not want me to stay. He was holding up my renewal process, always saying that he would have an offer on the following week, always the same talk. During this process I was always the same Miguel fighting for the team. The coach told me that he wanted me and the team to reach a settlement and that he have already expressed his wish.
On the last game, by coincidence, at the leaving area where the media were, Mr. Lubos Michel asked me if I have already signed for another club. I told him no, inasmuch I was only going to make a decision about my future after the play-off. I also told him that I would give priority to PAOK. That was the moment he told me he was counting on me and that he would send, on the following days, an offer to my agent in order to reach a settlement.
And it was (almost) like that… The day before the coach presentation, he send a text message to my agent with the offer amount. He referred that the amount was the maximum the club could offer and that he needed a quick answer. Honestly, I can say that was the lowest offer I had, but since I think money is not all in our lives, I decided to accept. I called Mr. Lubos and informed him about my decision. He said that the next day he would send me the written offer. He even asked me if I would go to Greece to sign it or if I wanted him to send someone to Portugal, where I was on vacation.
Imagine my surprise when, the next morning, I woke up with phone calls and text messages from Greece asking me if I was aware of the president statements. I could not believe in such lack of character and honesty. One day, the renewal was secure, on the other it did not matter anymore. I have been in football world long enough to know these tricks, but I must confess that in my career I have never seen something like this. If he did not want me to stay, it would be enough to say it and there would be no drama.
It was a sad way to end up my connection to a club which gave me a lot. But I want to make it clear that my problem was with one person only, and since all the clubs are above any person, I want wish the best to PAOK. It is my desire that PAOK achieves what, unfortunately, we couldn´t achieve these past three years. I´m always going to support this amazing team. I will always be one of yours. Always. Because 'once PAOK, always PAOK'", wrote the 27-year-old former player of S.L. Benfica, C.D. Aves and Leicester City at his Facebook account.