Ander Herrera has explained why he will be leaving Manchester United as he paid tribute to the club’s supporters.
United earlier today announced the Basque midfielder will be leaving the club for Paris Saint Germain when his contract expires on June 30.
Speaking to United’s official website he expressed his sadness at departing United after a five-year stay.
“This is a sad moment to be honest, because I’ve enjoyed the past five years with this club,
“I want to thank the fans for all they have done for me. I will never forget the way I have been treated by the fans, whether I’ve been playing or whether I’ve been somewhere else. As soon as you give everything for the club, they will support you and love you and I’ve found that.”
“It’s not an easy decision but sometimes in life you have to take decisions. Sometimes the timing is not right and you have to move on.
“When you leave such a big club, you lose much more than what they are losing. I cannot lie, I wasn’t born being a Manchester United fan, but I want you all to know that a part of my heart will always be a Red Devil.”
Asked about his favourite moments as a United player, Herrera picked out the two wins he’d enjoyed at Liverpool, as well as the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup victories.
He also admitted he would keep in touch with teammates, including his “Spanish friends” David De Gea and Juan Mata with whom he has formed a close bond at United.
“I have experienced things in this club that I haven’t felt before and haven’t seen in other places,
“This club is special because (of) all the people who work for this club and are part of this history. It’s different. I don’t want to compare but when you’re a Manchester United player, you’re a Manchester United player for life.
“Of course I will keep in touch with friends. I have a lot to thank for the managers that I’ve had here, they’ve made me a better person and a better player.
Herrera is expected to feature at Old Trafford tomorrow (Sunday) as United play their final game of the season against Cardiff City.
He however admitted it will be a tough and emotional occasion as he, along with Antonio Valencia , bid farewell to the Old Trafford supporters.
“Yes of course it will, it’s going to be tough because I’m not going to keep playing for them next season. All that I have left with them is the special connection with them.
“I leave very proud, I leave very calm with myself because I’ve given everything,he added.