Diletta Leotta: open-hearted letter to Loris Karius

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The Dazn host wrote to the Newcastle goalkeeper on the day of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United

Tender open letter from Diletta Leotta to boyfriend Loris Karius, just hours before the Carabao Cup final between Newcastle and Manchester United. The Dazn journalist encouraged the Magpies’ goalkeeper, who will be a starter for the first time this season.

“Dear Loris, I would like to write this letter to you tomorrow, or afterwards, once the game that brings you back on the field after these two, interminable, painful and incredible years is over,” is Leotta’s letter published by The Athletic. “At this moment I stop being the Bonnie you know and, as in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, I put on the role of the ‘ghost of the past’ to make you turn around and account for the road you have come so far. The days spent believing in your dream, loving it, holding it in your hands until you grasp it and then, brutally seeing it ripped away. The sad nights, the knot in your throat and the bad thoughts behind that mistake that for two years kept you away from competition but not from your greatest passion. That green field that makes millions of children dream every day.”

“Thanks to your team and the strength that one with the other you passed on to each other. Of course, we don’t deny it, the blow was hard, however, you taught me, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you decide to react. And you have decided to build your future by embracing change and working even harder to be back there, to be on the front lines, once again, proud of you.”

“That’s why from the first moment we met first of all I admired your strength and courage. You told me about your long journey of rebirth, and the strength with which you believe in who you are made me fall in love with you. Sometimes taking a step back serves the purpose of taking a better run-up, and I am sure that this run-up will lead you and the whole team to take flight. No one deserves it like that. I always loved fairy tales as a child and I can’t wait to read this happy ending. Love, Bonnie.”

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