Bournemouth acting chairman Neil Blake said: “Jefferson has made an outstanding contribution to the club over the past five years, but during contract negotiations he made it clear to us that he was looking for a new challenge.” Colombian from the team in which he was for five seasons and played 183 games in which he scored 12 goals. He is referred to as “the symbol of the institution”. Crystal Palace would be his destination.
“AFC Bournemouth can confirm Jefferson Lerma will leave the club this summer. Lerma arrived at the Vitality Stadium in August 2018, signing for the club for a record fee and quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite”, Thus began the team’s statement confirming the Colombian’s departure for the upcoming 18/19 season and that he will leave as soon as his contract expires at the end of July.
Lerma leaves his mark at Bournemouth thanks to his personality
The season was the most productive for the Colombian who played more minutes than the rest of his teammates (3,256). He also scored 5 goals with an “unforgettable” double against Leeds that served up a victory that saw him close the season more quietly.
The team post stated, “The Colombian made 183 appearances over five seasons, scoring 12 goals and winning the hearts of fans with his larger-than-life personality.”
Club chairman, Neil Blake, said that Lerma has been fundamental to the success they have had as an institution and although it is disappointing not to be able to continue to put their trust in him, they wish him the best in his new path, which Most likely to stay in the Premier League if Crystal Palace’s interest eventually materializes.
“Jefferson has been a vital part of our success. While we are naturally disappointed not to see him in an AFC Bournemouth shirt next season, we thank him for his unwavering commitment and wish him all the best,” said Blake.