MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed Juan Mata’s exit after eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.
The popular Spaniard departs the Red Devils having made 285 appearances for the club since joining from Chelsea in January 2014.
Mata, 34, follows Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in leaving on a free transfer.
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.”
Team-mate Victor Lindelof said of Mata earlier this year: “As a player, the quality Juan has is amazing.
“His vision, his touch and his ability to see everything on the pitch are fantastic.
“As a person, he’s always happy and always positive. He’s just a great guy.”
Despite his advancing years, Mata is unlikely to retire this summer.
He said in April: “I still have a lot of passion and a lot of will to keep enjoying football.
“This is a dream come true to be a professional football player so I want to play as much as I can.”