Former Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczesny is on the verge of leaving the North London club to join a prestigious photography school in the Italian city of Rome.
The Polish goalkeeper was initially linked in the English media with a move to Serie A side AS Roma, though he was quick to deny the rumour.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Arsenal,” said Szczesny. “I have had a wonderful nine years at the club but I couldn’t turn down this opportunity to pursue my true love.”
The 25 year old added that he’d had a taste of photography during his football career but that he needed to take the risk and go for it.
“People might have noticed my thousands of selfies on the pitch,” he added. “Many criticised me for them but they’re actually part of an ongoing project on the joy and happiness of football, soon to be released.”
“My father had pushed me to become a photographer in my youth, having me out taking pictures until dark, pushing me to take better and better snaps but I rebelled and became a footballer. Finally, I see he was right.”
Szczesny revealed that he would join up with classmates in September but would be back in London taking photographs whenever he had the chance.
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