just want to say

(I) just want(ed) to say something.

 and (I) just want(ed) to mention something.; (I) just want(ed) to tell you something.
a sentence opener that eases into a statement or question. (Can be followed by words like say, ask, tell you, be, and come.) Rachel: I just wanted to say that we all loved your letter. Thank you so much. Andrew: Thanks. Glad you liked it. Rachel: I just wanted to tell you how sorry l am about your sister. Alice: Thanks. I appreciate it. Andrew: Just wanted to come by for a minute and say hello. Tom: Well, hello. Glad you dropped by.
See also: just, say, to, want
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I JUST want to say "thank you and congratulations" for that wonderful poem which appeared in the Chronicle on Monday, September 24.
Just want to say you'll always be remembered, your flame will always burn bright.
"I am here 364 days a year and I just want to say a big thank you for all the goodwill I get from the people of Sutton every year," he said.