Manchester United have confirmed Juan Mata is set to leave the club this summer, with the Spaniard’s contract coming to an end after eight years and more than 250 appearances for the Red Devils.
Ander Herrera has delivered a touching message to Juan Mata after the latter announced he was leaving Manchester United.
Mata became the third Red Devil to have his departure from Old Trafford officially confirmed this week. following similar updates on Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. The cultured Spanish midfielder spent eight years at Old Trafford, having signed with Chelsea in January 2014.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old has played under three permanent managers at United and is leaving after making 285 appearances and winning three major accolades, including the club’s most recent – the Europa League in 2017. After spending the last season in As a peripheral member of the squad, there were no surprises when news broke that he would not be renewing his contract – despite planned talks with new boss Erik ten Hag.
Although his time coincided with United’s barren years, Mata will be remembered by fans and players alike, with Herrera paying special tribute to his compatriot and close friend. Hererra, Mata and fellow Spaniard David de Gea formed a close bond during their time together, earning the trio the nickname The Three Amigos.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder posted on social media: “You told me I was never going to regret signing for United, and you were right. We had an incredible five years together and now you leave like a legend We still have a representation of the three amigos @d_degeaofficial I love you both.
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Herrera arrived at Old Trafford just months after his close friend and also achieved cult status for his all-action performances. He was cleared to leave in the summer of 2019 but spoke glowingly not only of the club but of former chief executive Ed Woodward, whom he ultimately failed to come to terms with.
“My intention was not to leave the club and I was happy there – as happy as I am now here,” Herrera said. the Telegraph in 2020. “It was no secret. I negotiated for over a year but I expected more from the board after my third season at the club when I was player of the year.
“They didn’t come to see me that summer, they didn’t even call me. And it hurt me a lot because I felt like I was giving it my all.
“Saying I have huge respect for Ed Woodward, huge respect for the board. They’ve always treated me fantastically. I know they want the best for Manchester United, but in football , in life and in every business in the world sometimes you don’t think the same way and i respect that.
He added: “If I see Ed I’ll give him a hug. We just had different opinions about Manchester United and, in my opinion, what the club should have done. I want to make sure everyone understands that it’s nothing personal at all. That’s life. But it’s true – after the third season when I was player of the year, when I had the respect and love of fans, I didn’t feel that love from the club.”