Anthony Martial confirms Manchester United exit with emotional goodbye note

He made 317 appearances for United and scored 90 goals

By Web Desk
May 28, 2024
Martial thanked fans and the team for a remarkable opportunity. - AFP

Anthony Martial has confirmed he is leaving Manchester United when his contract expires this summer.

The 28-year-old became the most expensive teenager in world football when he joined the team nine years ago from Monaco in a move that was initially valued at £36 million in 2015.

The forward, who has made 317 appearances for United and scored 90 goals for the team, will now officially leave Old Trafford on July 1st when his contract expires.

In an emotional Instagram message, Martial announced his exit, thanking fans and the team for a remarkable opportunity.

"After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career," he wrote.

"Since I arrived in 2015, I have had the immense honour of wearing this shirt and playing in front of you, the best supporters in the world! You have been an unwavering support, through the good times and the difficult.

"Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.

"I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. Your songs, your encouragement and your love for the club are memories that will remain engraved in my heart forever," he added.

Even though he had some outstanding seasons with the team, Martial was always plagued by injury issues, especially in the last few years. In his last season with the team, he made just seven starts and scored two goals before his season was cut short in December due to a groyne injury.

With Raphael Varane also leaving, he becomes the second player to leave United this summer.

Martial spent the second half of the 2021-22 season on loan at Sevilla — where he scored just once — and won the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield during his career at Old Trafford.

The striker has been capped 30 times by France, scoring twice.