Man Utd CONFIRM Juan Mata free transfer exit with gushing tribute to popular Spanish star after eight years

MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed Juan Mata’s exit after eight-and-a-half years at Previous Trafford.

The favored Spaniard departs the Purple Devils having made 285 appearances for the membership since becoming a member of from Chelsea in January 2014.

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Mata, 34, follows Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in leaving on a free switch.

In a tribute to the departing attacking midfielder, Man United wrote: “His team-mates and members of staff never tired of praising his professional attitude and positivity.”

Group-mate Victor Lindelof mentioned of Mata earlier this yr: “As a participant, the standard Juan has is superb.

“His imaginative and prescient, his contact and his capacity to see all the pieces on the pitch are implausible.

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“As a person, he’s always happy and always positive. He’s just a great guy.”

Regardless of his advancing years, Mata is unlikely to retire this summer time.

He mentioned in April: “I nonetheless have a whole lot of ardour and a whole lot of will to maintain having fun with soccer.

“This is a dream come true to be a professional football player so I want to play as much as I can.”

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United’s departing assertion added: “Thanks for dedicating eight years of your profession to United, Juan.

“Everyone at the club wishes you all the best for the future.”

Mata scored 51 targets for the Purple Devils, including 47 assists.

He helped his facet win the FA Cup in 2016, as nicely the League Cup and Europa League the next season.

Mata confirmed his class final month by staying out within the rain for a number of minutes to wave goodbye to United supporters.

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