Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says he has "so much to thank" the club's supporters for and has hinted at the reasons why he is leaving after announcing his five-year spell at Old Trafford will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.
The Spain international arrived in the north west from Athletic Bilbao for £32m and has made 189 appearances for Manchester United, establishing himself as a fan favourite in the heart of their midfield.
Herrera announced on Saturday that he would be leaving Manchester United at the end of the season and hinted it was a decision he had to make, but he stressed to supporters that the club will always have a place in his heart.
"Of course I have a message for the fans because they have been incredible with me," Herrera told the club's official website. "I have so much to thank all of them for - they have given me so much love and support.
"As I said before, this is not an easy day or an easy decision but sometimes in life you have to take decisions.
"I don’t want to be sad, I want to thank all the fans for all they have done for me in the last five years. I have enjoyed so much playing for this club, I have felt so privileged to represent this club every time I have done it.
"It’s going to be tough because I know I’m not going to keep playing for this club and for the fans. All that I lived with them and the connection I have had with them though is special and I will never forget it.
"Every time I hear my name chanted it has been amazing, at Old Trafford and also away because we have amazing away fans. The only thing that I can say again is I leave very proud and I leave very calm with myself because I have tried and given everything for the club and for the fans."
Herrera has been most notably linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the summer transfer window, with the French giants looking to replace contract rebel Adrien Rabiot at the end of the season.
Source : 90min