Cape Town - Percy Tau has thanked Mamelodi Sundowns and South African fans after sealing his R50 million move to English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 24-year-old's record-breaking move was confirmed by both teams after Tau put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal.
"I would like to thank the Mamelodi Sundowns family, the president, the board, management, staff, supporters and the players for the incredible memories and experiences which we shared throughout my time at Sundowns," Tau said.
"Thank you! Ka Bo Yellow!"
Tau who is originally from Witbank in Mpumalanga was spotted by Sundowns scouts in 2010 while he was at Phakama Combined School. He later joined the Sundowns academy in 2012.
The attacker spent a successful period at Masandawana since making his debut in the 2013/14 season and amassed 24 goals with 27 assists in 102 appearances for the club.
Brighton confirmed Tau will be loaned out ahead of the new season to gain European experience.
"Going out on loan is always good to help a player develop and get better, Tau said.
"It’s new for me to be in Europe, and I’ll get to work on myself and a few things that I need to improve.
"I’m hoping to get a better understanding of the game from playing there. It’s a different approach to what we’re used to in South Africa. It’s exciting football."
I would like to thank the Mamelodi Sundowns family, the President, the Board, management, staff, supporters and the players for the incredible memories and experiences which we shared throughout my time at Sundowns. Thank you! Ka Bo Yellow! pic.twitter.com/4OT7xpLMsn— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) July 20, 2018