Angel Gomes has sent Manchester United an emotional farewell message after leaving the club on a free transfer.
Gomes, 19, was viewed as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from United's youth academy in recent years, but the 5'3" playmaker decided to move on after struggling for opportunities this season.
United offered Gomes a contract extension, but the player has opted to leave Old Trafford at the end of June in search of first-team football.
The club were believed to be prepared to hand Gomes a deal worth over £30,000-a-week to stay amid links with Barcelona and Chelsea, while reports in France suggest the teenager will sign for Lille before being immediately loaned to Portuguese side Boavista.
A moth after leaving United, Gomes released a video on Instagram and explained that his decision to leave the club was a difficult one, but necessary for his career.
Gomes wrote: "t’s took me a while because it’s not been easy to put my emotions into words. Sadly the time has come to end a beautiful chapter that has been my life for 14 years.
"Being from Salford, Manchester United is all I have ever known. I went from playing on my estate, pretending to be Wayne Rooney to being in the academy And doing the same. May 21st 2017 I made my premier league debut for the club of my dreams aged 16 replacing the legend himself ‘Wayne Rooney’.
"I want to thank every single individual at the club for the help and encouragement I received, from the very first time I signed at the club.
"I want to thank all the coaches from every age group that looked after me from 6 to now. To all the kit men, Kath the receptionist, The media team, the security, the staff at the cliff, the staff at Littleton road, the staff at Carrington to the cleaners, you all played a part in getting me to where I am today.
"It is time I take the next step in my career, I hope you can all be proud off what I go on to achieve. I wish the club and everyone involved the best of luck, you will all be missed more than you can imagine. I also want to thank the fans, your SUPPORT hasn’t gone unnoticed.
"Once a RED always a RED".