Juan Mata has posted an emotional farewell video to Manchester United and his supporters after his summer exit from the club was confirmed.
Playmaker Mata left Chelsea for Old Trafford in January 2014 and has made 285 first-team appearances in total, scoring 51 goals and winning four trophies.
He joined during the tumultuous reign of David Moyes and has also played under Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, OIe Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick over the years.
Juan Mata posted an emotional farewell message to Manchester United on social media
He swore his departure would not be a ‘goodbye’, as he prepares to continue his career
Although he didn’t win the Premier League or Champions League at United, Mata remained a hugely popular figure with fans and teammates.
The 34-year-old will therefore part ways on glowing terms, and he posted a video on Twitter consisting of some touching words, as well as some of his finest moments.
Her message read: “It has taken me a while to process the change that is happening in my life and it is a message that for many times over the past few years I never thought I would write.”
The playmaker has remained ever popular with United fans and his teammates at Old Trafford
“But, of course, all good things must come to an end and my time as a Manchester United player has just come to an end.
‘It would be impossible for me to express through this text all the feelings I have experienced in recent weeks but to sum up, I would like to say that I am the proudest man in the world to have represented this unique club. for the last eight and a half seasons.
“It’s something I never dreamed of when I was little because it was too far away for a kid in Spain to ever play for one of the best clubs in football history. But sometimes, reality exceeds dreams.
Mata added: “As I write these lines today, I couldn’t be more grateful for what my career has given me so far and I’m as excited as this little kid for what the future could bring from now on. The same passion for football that this kid remains in me.
He had many memorable moments at the club, including his 2015 double at Liverpool.
The Spaniard was also instrumental in helping United win the Carabao Cup under Jose Mourinho
“It goes without saying that I want to thank every member of staff who works at the club and who makes it so special – every manager and every team-mate I have come across during my time in Manchester.
“We didn’t have the best time in the club’s history, but we had some incredible memories along the way in the form of trophies and special moments together that will forever be etched in my memory.”
The small striker scored several crucial goals for the Red Devils, including the equalizer in the 2016 FA Cup final and two goals against Liverpool at Anfield in 2015.
However, he was joined by Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic and Lee Grant to leave, sparking an early overhaul during Erik ten Hag’s tenure.
Mata arrived in style from Chelsea in January 2014 and won four trophies in total at United
But Mata will leave as a free agent this summer with the United exodus in full swing
He also specifically penned a tribute to United supporters, saying: “Thank you all, I will miss you.” For you, our supporters, I can’t really find words to describe how grateful I am and how special you made me feel.
“I feel very loved and it’s something that my family and I will never be grateful enough for.
“Manchester is and always will be a special part of my life, on and off the pitch, and I truly feel like an adopted Mancunian. Living here and understanding what it means to be part of this special place in the world and its culture is something really special, I feel like I belong here.
He wished the Red Devils “nothing but the best”, and also said he “will always be one of you”.
“I wish the club and the new manager nothing but the best, and I really hope this is the start of a new era full of great football, trophies and fun for you, the fans.” Nothing more than what you deserve and nothing less than what this football club should be.
‘It’s not a goodbye, but a see you soon. I will continue to come to Manchester whenever I can. But for now, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your story.
“I am truly honored and proud, and will always be one of you.”