Angel Martinez insists Blackpool FC will always remain in his heart even if he has played his last game for the club.
The 28-year-old says he “feels loved” in the resort after three seasons of Championship football with the Seasiders, though he is set to return home to Spain with his future uncertain.
The popular midfielder, who made 49 league appearances for the club, is one of the eight out-of-contract players with whom Pool wish to discuss new terms.
Martinez told The Gazette: “I have now finished my contract and it’s good to leave the team in the Championship. I’m happy to see my family now, go back to Spain and disconnect from everything.
“I’m happy to have helped keep Blackpool in the Championship and it’s been a pleasure for the last three years. I did all I could.”
But if that sounds like the end to the Blackpool chapter of a career which began with Espanyol and hometown club Girona, Martinez is quick to stress: “I never say goodbye – I prefer to say, ‘See you tomorrow’.
“I’m happy here and my family is very comfortable, but it’s all about the contract and you never know in football. Whatever happens, Blackpool will always be with me in my heart.
“I’m feeling so loved here by fans and the club. My daughter was born here and the place feels so good.”
Martinez’s first season ended in a play-off final at Wembley, so it was particularly disappointing to be scrapping at the other end of the table two years later.
He added: “It was a very difficult season with the change of manager and it felt so long.
“We went a long time without a win but the most important thing is that we stayed in the Championship. Now Blackpool have a big job to learn from the experience and make sure next season is better.
“Blackpool is part of my life now and will always be a home to me.”